I have been on the boards for about 4 years. Mostly a lurker, and went away. But now I am back and am vowing to come here because I need to know that other people are going thru what I am! Anyway, today I saw my doctor (internest), because I can't get into see my rheumy till the 18th of November. I have been having back spasms and unreal pain in my back since last weekend. She gave me Skelaxin and I already take Tramadol, and Cymbalta, tylenol or Advil along with that, and Ambien once in a while when I can't sleep on my own. Took the skelaxin and a tramadol and yes! it helped, but of course it wore off in two hours. I am just tired of having to take medication all day long, every 4 hours! I am always taking a pill. I do the hot baths, try to exercise, etc. Is anyone on here on any meds that are extended release or that last more than 4-6 hours that work well? I am interested in talking to my Rheumy about something else when I go.