Hi Des. Yes, back pain is part of my life, too. I use heating pads, rice packs like Sandspoker, and mild pain medication with a muscle relaxer. It hits me several times a year and lasts about
three to four days. I have degenerative disc disease, so I know it will only get worse as I get older (I am 35). I bring my heating pad to work with me and sit on it all day on low, and only take the muscle relaxers and pain medications at night. Some bouts of it are worse than others, so I have to adjust everything accordingly.
I hope that yours gets better really soon and you are back to yourself quickly.
Mother of four, full time Systems Analyst
Sjogrens, Crohns, suspected Lupus, Pancreatitis Dec. 2005
Meds: Medrol injections; Darvocet, starting Plaquenil in Feb.