Literally. I am not someone who suffers from back troubles. Oh, I've been known to have it ache if I'm on my feet all day and unable to move around much, which is the only thing I hated about being a cashier, but other than that? Nada. None. It started about 2 wks ago, or maybe it just feels like 2 wks, but I think that is about right. I got up one morning and it was like someone was ramming a knife into my lower back not too far above the tail bone. I hadn't done anything physical so figured I must have slept wrong or something. Moving around some seemed to help. Then it was on and off, sometimes just this nagging pain that could drive you crazy, other times this really horrific pain radiating down the legs. Moving or not moving doesn't seem to have any effect on it. Three days now and it's constant........and I'm going to start yanking out hair soon. Today it's been excruciating and down the left leg. Left ankle and foot are slightly swollen too. Now before anyone jumps to conclusions I get that sometimes without the pain......symptoms of CHF, so it may or may not be related. But today watching the boys was pure hell on earth. And since the pain was so bad I was all no nonsense Nana, if I said jump I expected to be asked how high, not ignored. The boys are not used to seeing me this way......and it took them a bit to figure out Nana was in no mood to be pushed. Trust me, it takes intense pain to make me that way as I have a very high tolerance to pain thanks to the kidney disease. When Nichole came down yesterday she brought some medications with her, Oxycontin from sister in law's wisdom tooth extraction, some ibuprofen script strength, and muscle relaxers. Well, I felt no need yesterday for the Oxycontin, I just didn't think the pain level was high enough to warrant it. Tonight I'm wishing I'd had her leave one just in case. omg Ibuprofen I tried the night before last and it did squat. The muscle relaxant let me sleep last night.......and that's about it. So guessing it's a nerve deal instead of a muscle deal. Or maybe a combination of the two. I took a muscle relaxant a bit ago, hopefully it will help me to be able to sleep tonight. Because it is baaaad. Ticks me off. I did not injure my back. Even doing yard work I stayed well within my limits, frustrating but I did. And when it's really going at it walking is nearly impossible, which makes it hard to do much of anything, not that sitting or lying down makes it feel any better. sister in law hinted he may have mandatory overtime on Sat. Well, tough noogies for him. Not my fault. I had all I could do to get through today, and no way in hades am I watching them on my day off too. His mom or other relative better be able to cover it. I'm not going to attempt to keep out of trouble and in line 3 little boys in this type of pain. I'm going to the doctor soon for medication refills. Dunno if he'd have any clue wth is going on any more than I do. Who the heck just wakes up one day with their back killing them?? Ok. Vent over.