Thanks for that Golfgirl..My back goes every now and then due to an injury at work 4 years ago.
Take paracetamol for the pain and ibuprofen for the inflammation. If it's really bad get to the docs and asked for codeine-based painkillers. I think there are some codeine-based tablets you can buy over the counter but I doubt these would be as strong (ok as a stopgap though until you can get to the docs). Deep heat (Raljex) may help but it stinks!
Try to move around quite a bit - sitting still will cause it to seize up and be more painful. Try swimming or a gentle stroll to keep things moving. There are also exercises you can do which I'm sure will be available on the net.
If the pain goes down your legs or your bladder use/control is affected then get to the docs pretty sharpish.
PS. The second time I did my back in was caused by putting new wheels on my car - modifying is bad for your health!!
After my car accident 4 years ago I saw an osteopath until my doctor refered me to his Orthapiedic surgeon.Ended up going 1 - 2 times a week for about 6 months .At ?80 a pop it wasnt cheap.Had hydrocortazone injections, accupuncture , manipulation treatment with the P.A.M machine, stretching etc.osteopath fella!
chiro prarctors are quacks! I did mine 15 months ago and had regular laser treatment and now its all better, took 9 months though !
Back pain is a mare, get anti infamatories form the docs and take co-codomol if you can.