Yep, that would be my lower back! I did go to the spine people today, and got some really good news. I do NOT have a ruptured disc! Still not sure why the guy with the big needles and cortisone said I did. He's an MD, you'd think he would know how to read an MRI. The spine guy and I read it and in his words, "Your spine looks really clean!" I could see it easily and I'm not an MD! It's probably a tiny muscle causing the problem, the piriformis. The sciatic nerve can run through that muscle and cause terrible amounts of pain. Only thing is, they can't do anything for me. Of course, they half-heartedly mentioned physical therapy, but my experience with that is less than optimum.
It's good news to me that there is nothing structurally wrong because now I can take over my own healing. There are a few options open to me-accupuncture, massage, chiropractic, etc. My friend Contessa recommends this book, and I think I will get it. It has to be mailed, it's an older book and isn't available on Kindle yet, but that might be better-Stan can use it for his rotator cuff pain.
I'm reading some other books, too, about tension and the mind-body connection. I just might combine both and come out on top!
Stan's sis is chomping at the bit to go to Mazatlan soon-like in a couple of weeks-but I'm not sure I can sit in a plane that long yet. I really want to go, so I do have to get in shape quickly!