I am hoping everyone's backs are feeling better today...yikes! I too, have back issues. disc degeneration in l1, l2. I take a homeopathic remedy called arnicare which is a lotion I put on in the Am, and there are little pills in the tube that comes with it, and I put one under my tongue to dissolve. It comes from the arnica plant and is sold at WholeFoods.
I was not able to tolerate ibuprofen or ultracet or any of that. I am also in PT for some deep tissue massage using the gsraston technique in which they massage me with small stainless steel "tools" that go deeper than just hands do.

Feel better Tricia!