Thank you for contacting us a healthcaremagic for more info on your symptoms. First its good to search through the net for diagnosis but sometimes this will cause anxiety
because of many syndromes that might explain your situation. nevertheless to diagnose spinal facet what you need to do is during the acute attack to visit your doctor and ask for plain anterior-posterior (front-back), lateral (side view), and oblique (off angle) X-ray a CT is even better and he will tell you if he notices changes, another thing is to inject the facets with a cortisol
and check if that reliefs the pain if it does then it is facet.
treatment can be surgical or non surgical, non surgical such as posture control, NSAIDS intake, etc...
hope that helped.