Hello I am a newbie to this site and I hoping somebody here can help me. I have been suffering lower back pain for about 8 years. At first it was diagnosed as Sciatica. I was given Cocodamol and Naproxen and a course of Physio. But it never really got any better and after a very sever episode this summer (3 months off work) I went back to my GP and begged for further investigation. This was done and now I have been diagnosed with Osteoarthritis of my spine. I asked for a referral to a local spinal unit but have been told there is no point as nothing can be done! They have now given me Gabapentin which has helped, but I am only 48 and in so much pain I am scared about how this will progress and what the future holds for me. I already have to be careful how I interact with my grandchildren (both less than 2yrs old) I can't play with them as I would like or pick them up a lot of the time. I have had to reduce my working hours as I am desk bound and can't sit/stand for long periods. Please can anybody tell me if there is something that could be done. Many thanks.