That described my morning!
I use ice a lot after any activity, and admit to taking Aleve now and then. I know I have a few slightly bulging discs. My "creakiness" is more than just that, I think, but my MRI didn't show any arthritis, thank goodness.
I had two epidural shots for back/sciatic pain earlier this year, when nothing else (chiro, myofascial, physical therapy) would work. But I believe that is really only the answer for acute pain, not something chronic. I had walked 18 holes of golf and it had really irritated my back.
Are you drinking plenty of water? I notice when I get dehydrated, I ache worse.
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering. Asacol maintenance for 20+ years; used prednisone & Rowasa for flares. Probiotics (Ultimate Flora, 50 billion), salmon oil (omega-3) when I can remember.
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed wheat/gluten, other intolerances; eliminated wheat/gluten from my diet.
Bad flare in March, used prednisone. Humira denied, started Remicade 4/12 and doing great~ learning what normal is~ wow