I've had back pain most of my adult life but my first real attack came 9 years ago when I was 26. Since then I've had 3 further attacks/flare ups every time in the winter months. Each one has been progressively less severe but lasted longer. The first attack had me taken from my apartment by paramedics but I was essentially back on my feet and working within 3-4 weeks. I'm now 10 weeks into this latest flare up. I was off my feet for 5-6 weeks during which time I couldn't stand but the pain was less than previous attacks. 3 weeks ago I went back to work and I'm mostly fine but I've still got pulsing and some cramping in my left leg. In 3 weeks I've had ups and downs but no real improvements. It's worse at night and in the morning. I've tried everything, heat, ice, chiropractor, ibuprofen, muscle relaxers, magnesium supplements, pain killers, stretches etc. I would have given anything to get to this point 4 weeks ago but now that I'm here I don't seem to be going anywhere fast. I can function fine and its more annoying than anything but I'd like to get back to normal again. How long will this last? What can I do to speed it up?