I have athritis in my neck. I have been having pain my spine for years. I have no doubt I have athritis in all of my spine. My NEW problem is the left area of my lower back. A few months ago I got out of a chair and a sharp pain went through the lower left area of my back. This pain makes me stop immediately. I must wait for this pain to go away before I can move. In order to describe the pain location I must describe that you feel the top of your underwear on the left side. That is the area where the pain comes from. The pain has becomme worse. If I lean the pain hits. If I sit and get out of bed, the pain hits. The pain is always in the lower left area. Of course, this has caused muscle spasms. Do you have any advice where to look for help? I have already started stretching, this help for only short periods. I forgot to add, I must use a stick or crutch to get out of a chair with my back stiff hoping there will be no sharp pain.