Sniper, I've been trying to keep the range of movement in my lower back by curling forward on a large exercise ball, and stretching the bands with my legs, feet, and toes. I've lost and regained the ability to draw my knee up (like marching) above thigh high. I can now bring it up against my body. A lady at my job does reflexology and helped me when I could not raise my right foot more than 6 inches from the floor (even by lifting it with my hands). I use fish oil and Bone Up everyday, and often use turmeric, boswellia, MSM, and Bromelain. Bromelain is taken on a empty stomach when used for pain and inflammation, and has some good long lasting effects. I start hurting unbearably if I miss the Bone up or Fish Oil for more than 2 days. I also take Magnesium Malate for muscle and soft tissue pain, and to relax at night. My co workers who are more experienced than I, feel this also slows the fusing, and formation of bone spurs. Turmeric taken with boswellia is a trick I learned when several local Rhumys, sent patients into the store where I work, when they could no longer prescribe Vioxx for OA, RA, and ReA. I use these herbs and the MSM like pain killers. Most of the Rhumys are of mid eastern decent and usually have a better working knowledge about nutrition than Docs trained solely in the US. These Ideas also help with inflammation in my gut, unlike pain meds that just bring things to a halt, and cause me stabbing pain in the trunk of my body so severe I forget I have a lower back or legs, much less that they hurt, so I have learned many tricks.
Sniper I am so sorry to hear you are still in so much pain. I too think that maybe some light physical therapy might help to gently get things to loosen up. I sure hope you get some relief soon.