I have been having some bad back pain lately, and it was just getting worse. Even with heat, TENS machine, muscle rub it was not getting better. Of course I admit that if I had just laid low and did nothing for several days, it might have. But, I had things to do and was determined to get 'em done. Now I know it's nothing like major heart problems and the like, but it sure is miserable. While I was still in the Marines a colonel friend of mine told me you don't have to practice to be miserable. Anyway, while I was walking back towards the house all stooped over and barely moving I told my girlfriend that I was breaking down and take me to the ER. Now. Not later. Anyway, I was a bit concerned that it might have been a disc problem as I already have a fusion in my back and two in the neck. Nope. The diagnosis was severe arthritic irritation in the lower spine which is what was causing all the muscle spams and such. So, I gots to lay low for 3-4 days, totally. No playing with the wood or anything. Which seeing I'm tired of the misery I can manage to do. Works out real well as we have another series of thunderstorms moving in starting tonight. Supposed to have it all this weekend and next week. So, all should be well in a few days. Get to be totally lazy which is not in my blood but will have to adapt. I just thank the Big Man upstairs that this is all that it was.