Sorry it took me so long to see this, I do work very late lately and it has made my pain even worse. I wore a back brace for many years when I was diagnosed with scoliosis when I was in middle school and have always had back pain that is as far back as being in elementary school. I did have the Ankylosing Spondolitis sorry I know the spelling is way off but you get it, test done and it was negative. I still have a lot of pain in my back from working retail, especially right now since we are working such crazy hours. How much and what muscle relaxer are you taking. I was prescribed today by my RA flexerol and only 10mg at night, will that help at all? I hope so I have not tried it yet since I worked till 2am tonight and was sick with a horrible cold all day and went to the RA this am after a 2am shift last night and just wanted to sleep and use heat on my hips, back and hands. My hands are really bad since I over use them a lot at work.