Now then, this morning I finally decided to see a doctor about my back, which has become much more painful over the last week. It's been about a month now since it started bothering me. I can't link it to anything that I did. I just woke up one morning and the lower right side of my back hurt. I did aggravate it hiking in Maine, and it's gotten progressively worse since. There's always a dull ache there, but movement often results in shooting pains in the area, too. This morning it got to the point where I had trouble standing up. (I've been treating it with ibuprofen, but forgot to take any before I went to bed last night, which may explain why it hurt so much this morning.)
So I went to treatment center, and the doctor gave me prescriptions for a pain killer and a muscle relaxant. The muscle relaxant is already making me drowsy, and my office is like an oven, so I fully expect them to find me face down in my keyboard later this afternoon.