Hello everyone. I have chronic upper back pain that seems worse after rest. In the mornings I have a hard time getting up and moving. Very stiff and sore. Seems worse on cold mornings. Essentially from the base of my neck to mid back. I have a lot of fatigue and my upper back often feels weak. I cannot sit or stand for more than 20 minutes without seeking some relief by either sitting down or standing. The pain lessens with movement and decreases as the workday progresses. I am most comfortable laying down. I am 35 years old male. I have some degree of spinal curvature that I have attributed to having a long torso and a hard working life. I am a farrier and have shod horses nearly every day for 15 years. I work on 12 to 15 horses a day 7 days a week. I only take a day off when the pain prevents me from getting up. Prior to becoming a farrier I had many injuries, I played 4 sports in high school, and I worked on a ranch from the time I was 12. I hauled hay on a hay crew at night and I broke and trained over 400 horses and had many bad falls. I rode 12 to 15 horses a day when I was not in school, and I was experiencing back pain by the time I was 18. I have tried many different back braces that resulted in only a minimal reduction in pain. I am the sole provider for a family of 5 and I always have to keep going though my wife is getting frustrated with me when I just can't go because of the pain, I am frustrated as well. Maybe I am just getting old. No insurance. And we live in a very rural area, no decent doctor within about 2 hours from here. People say I should go to a chiropractor or that I need to let my back rest. It gets worse with rest. Like rigamortis it starts to seize up. I know I have muscle knots in my back, especially on my right side between my spine and scapula, but I think there is more to it then just that. It has zapped my physical energy and strength but I feel fine as long as I am recumbant. I read about this ankylosis spondylitis and I wonder if anyone here knows anything about it. I read that it is linked to an eye problem. I have had severe headaches most of my life. Cluster migraines that escalated to a rare sort that causes my left eyelid to palsy and my left eye appears swollen from the pressure during a headache episode. Over the years these severe headaches have left a noticeable assymetry with my eyes and a slight palsy to my left eyelid. Maybe this is linked to the back, ... I don't know. I am hoping that this lengthy description will result in someone knowing exactly whats going on.