I have a chronic arthritis type disease called ankylosing spondylitis. I used to suffer from really bad lower back aches, but my vertebrae fused so now it's not as much of an issue. I go through cycles of having pain in other parts of my spine though. Last year I had shocking pain in my neck. Couldn't sleep, had constant muscle spasms. I once took Panadeine Forte and valium together and it did not make any difference whatsoever. Until I stopped the anti-inflammatories I'd been on for 10 years (on specialist advice) and it finally got better! I also love a good osteopath. Have seen some with pinched nerves and they fixed me up in one session. But there are lots of bad ones out there, so you have to get one that comes recommended and they usually have a long wait list.