There must be other peeps out there who have fallen and hurt their back. I managed to do that twice in October, not bike related tho'. At first it got better, then just before Christmas got worse and has been getting worse ever since. I saw a Doctor immediately the trouble started, then just before Christmas, last week and again today. As well as a sharp pain in my right hip and just below the ribs at the back on the right, pain is spreading everywhere. Particularly shoulders, back of the neck, knees and ankles. I have been seeing a Chiropractor, and the Doctor does not think that this has made things worse. Is this normal for pain to extend like this? The painkillers I have been given, three different sorts now, have done nothing to ease the pain, and have made my asthma much much worse. Before this was well under control. I also have a bad headache all the time. At the risk of upsetting people with strong views on the subject, I politely explained to the Doctor today, that I am in too much pain to be put on a waiting list, and would like to get referred to an expert asap. If I see a back pain specialist, or whatever the word is, will they be able to tell if the pain is part of another illness. Back pain and abdominal pain seem to appear as symptoms of a lot of illnesses. Would going swimming help? If I lie or sit and do nothing will that make things worse? I have tried asking these questions of the Doctors, but they seem reluctant to offer any deffinite advice. Lots of people on here seem to have experience of similar things, what did you find helpful?