Thank you for the replies I received, it's nice to know that there are people out there that we listen. I've quite a lot of health problems but my back is the main one. I've suffered for years and now have double scoliosis and problems with my vertebrae in my back. It's got to the stage where I wake up in the morning's paralyzed from the waist down and would have to massage my back to get the feeling back and then have a hour long shower to warm my back up. Last year I had a couple of falls as my legs would go on me and now I hardly go out. I've increased my Zapain to help with the pain. I got offered surgery to removed a couple of discs but didn't take up the offer as I had a baby at home and back surgery is risky. I've been waiting to see a consultant about the options available to me for 6months and now I'm fed up with waiting. My depression has got worse so my doctor has increased my medication and refered me for counselling. The pain is awful and the muscle spasms, you just have to put up with. Has anyone any ideas about coping with the pain. I've also been diagnosed with osteoarthritis in my hips and knees as weĺl as my hands.