Joy, I'm so sorry you are having these back problems. I cannot add anything to what Alan has said; he has his head on straight and is always willing to share what he has learned or to add a light note when things get too depressing. His advise is spot on and I'm glad you are seeing your doctor ASAP.
The forum isn't the lively one it used to be, too bad as we were like one big family that shared helpful things with each other as we learned how to cope with these limiting problems. Please keep us informed, we do care and will keep you in our prayers.