There is nothing like a back pain to remind you that you're old.

I don't know what the hell happened. I felt fine at the gym yesterday, and I felt fine when I went to bed last night. Then for some reason, about 4:30 this morning, I woke up with a huge knot in my middle-lower back that would NOT relax. I tried using a doorframe, i sat in the massage chair, and i got my wife to work on it a bit... No dice.

My friend Lori saw how much pain I was in during our meeting this afternoon and offered me a reasonably-difficult-to-get appointment with our massage therapist (the one who fixed my back knot issue earlier this year). Laura, the therapist, worked on it - and it felt better, for sure, but it still hurt. She assured me that by releasing these trigger points that were all locked up, i would feel drastically better sooner than if i'd just let it go, and I trust her.

So tonight, I was just settling in to play a little Madden 09 with Jeremy, and my dogs needed to go out. I let them out, and one decided to play around a bit, so I walked out to coax her back into the house - and my back locked up. I had to get my wife to help me back into the house.

I feel so pathetic.