I am new here and I am looking for advice about a long term health condition. I am 60 now and have had chronic lower back pain for at least 30 years. I have constant pain and mainly manage with over the counter anti inflammatory pain tablets, physio exercises, and just gritting my teeth or crying when I have to. My problem is that my back spasms have become more frequent and cluster over several days. This completely incapacitates my ability to visit the loo. So I reduce my fluid and food, apply hot and cold, take ibrufen, walk a little and try to wait it out. Having done some further research I have read that when the back is in spasms a GP can prescribe a temporary muscle relaxant to help the spasms. Does anyone know of a GP in Cardiff who is knowledgable about this? I've been with the same practice for over 25 years and as my original GP retired I'm not with a particular GP and see different people. I go infrequently as I find I'm given a catch all 'wear and tear' diagnosis. As I'm getting older and more isolated, I'm getting depressed with managing excoriating pain with over the counter products and home remedies. I am also a full career for my mum (she lives alone) and when I can't drive or walk, she also is without support. I am married, my husband works very long hours and is at work from 8am to 8pm week days and our children have grown and no longer live in Wales. So I have no help to get to the GP surgery when my back is like this anyway. If I could find a GP with some knowledge about how to manage the situation and have pain control to get moving it would be so helpful.