As if being unemployed and waiting to hear if I've been accepted to graduate school wasn't enought, I completely threw my back out on Monday night. I think I wrenched it on Sunday evening when I was coming in the door of the house and had to drop the papers I was carrying one direction and then lunge the other way to grab one of the the cats who was trying to escape. It started hurting pretty bad on Monday afternoon, but I still went out to help a friend put up some campaign signs that evening. About 7 signs into it, and with me pounding in about half of the rebar pieces with the stakepounder, it completely seized up and I couldn't bend over or move. Made it home and lay down but was in a tremendous amount of pain that night. Couldn't rollover, couldn't stand, could barely walk once I got up. Went to the doctor yesterday who took one look and said, "yep, you've got a nice 's' shape going here." Got a shot of a painkiller and am now on Vicodin, Flexoril (muscle relaxant) and Ibuprofen. I am icing my back and have been told I can't do anything strenuous, lift anything, reach for anything or bend over. I have to go back to the Doctor on Thursday or Friday for a follow-up. He's going to work more on it after I quit having spasms and I've been on the medicine for a few days. I've had bits of lower back pain here and there over the past 20-years, but never anything that couldn't be resolved with a couple of Doan's and a small bit of rest. This was by far the most painful thing I've ever done to myself. Anyone else have any experiences? Just curious.