My goodness, how sweet you all are! After my last post, I have received numerous emails with advice in dealing with my back pain. Thank you so much for taking the time to write me your suggestions, and I'm taking them under advisement, one at a time, until I find what works.
My pain does seem to be slowly lessoning, though still pretty pervasive. I've managed to be pain killer free for two days now, unless you count wine! Transitions are the worst (lying down to sitting, sitting to standing, etc) but I seem to have figured out how to do these carefully. It does seem that the care I am receiving is working, despite taking time.
Anyway, thank you for your generous spirits in sharing all your tips and back pain success stories. If nothing else, they give me hope!