My mother in law has back issues that are much the same as mine. She called me the other day and told me that she found something that gives her great relief from her pain. Now, try not to laugh when I tell you because it really works! She told me to go anywhere that veterinary meds and supplies are sold and purchase something called Horsemans Friend (brand name) Veterinary Horse Linament. Take a hot bath and rub it into my lower back. Well, I was skeptical but willing to try anything so I went and got some. Took a hot bath and not only put it on my low back but also my arthritic knees and neck which had been giving me some trouble. This stuff worked! I woke up the next morning with the least amount of pain that I have had in a long time! My MIL thinks that it helps the arthritis but I am more apt to think that it helps the muscles. Either way, it really does work. Her doc told her that she can use it up to 4 times a day. For those of you having a hard time getting relief from the meds alone, I would highly recommend trying this.