Hello. I have been having back problems since I was a teen. I saw many chiropractors, which always helped for awhile. I was an avid sports player in my youth, and as I got older I did a lot of hard labor (loading/unloading trucks, stacking, climbing, twisting, etc.) I am now 47 and I have chronic pain. I sought the help of a chiropractor a couple years ago and I have had several ER visits due to acute muscle spasms in my back. Sometimes, just reaching for shampoo in my shower, or wiping myself after using the toilet, will throw me off and cause excruciating spasms and locking. I had another MRI done about 6 months ago and they told me that I had degenerative discs, that I had bone on bone in some areas and that I have a great deal of arthritis in my lower back, neck, shoulders, knees, ankles, and hands. They also told me that I shouldn't go to a chiropractor with arthritis this bad, but did not appoint a special doctor. They just sent me to PT. While physical therapy helps to stretch things, I still had constant pain, so I quit the PT. They gave me a prescription for Ibuprophen and Flexural. I am now at the point where I feel completely worthless. I can't go anywhere with my family because I can't walk far. I can no longer linger in the grocery store. I have to have a short list, and get out within 15 minutes or my back gives out. I have to have family members carry the bags in, or take someone with me to load in/out. I can't even wash the dishes in one shot. I have to do it in intervals because I can longer stand straight for more than 5 minutes. All of my home duties have suffered. The house isn't as clean, if I make the bed I have to sit down half way through. Now I am gaining weight due to not exercising properly. While I suffer with swollen joints in my finger and knees, it is my back that does me in. It feels like someone is beating me with a bat. I am terribly depressed. I don't know what kind of doctor to seek out for my problems. I am not a fan of surgery and have heard very scary things about it. Any thoughts, and/or referrals would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.