Chronic neck and back pain can leave you feeling fatigued, anxious and depressed. Sciatica (chronic lower back pain) can be the result of strenuous repetitive activity, such as improper lifting. More serious pain can result from lumbar disc herniation or degenerative disc disease. Neck pain can occur anywhere from the bottom of the head to the top of the shoulders. Neck pain can spread to your upper back or arms, limiting how much you can move your head and neck.