Just wondering if others have similar problems and if it's connected to my 12 years in the army. 2 years after leaving i developed lower back problems (lumbar region is it?) it wasn't one single action i did but it developed pretty quickly over a period of a couple of months and has remain more or less constant the last 5 years. What happens is that if i stand relatively still, move slowly like wandering around shops for example or lie on my back after about 15 minutes the muscles around the spine in my lower back get so tense almost like cramp that pain starts and just gets worse and worse until i either sit down or otherwise stretch my back by bending forwards. Bending forwards is usually accompanied by a good few cracks up the spine. Now regular walking or jogging is no problem, it seems the movement prevents this 'seezing up'. I went to the quacks back when it first started and he just refered me to a chiropractor first and then a physio. No explanation what could be wrong and neither helped so i haven't bothered going back as although it's no fun when it does hurt i work in IT now so much of my time is spent on my arrse. so i was wondering if all those years humping bergans around caused some kind of wear on the vertebrae which might have led to this coupled with the muscles in my back being less strong than they once were when i was doing phys everyday. I'm pretty much prepared to accept that i may just have to learn to live with it but i'd at least like to know what's wrong and what may have caused it.