This past week I've felt like I've been doing much better.. I've been pushing harder at the gym and bending over "improperly" to pick things up and even lifted a heavy bar of copper off the floor at work today. I've been thinking about the pain much less and have been living more and more fearlessly. But then after work, I was at the grocery store and bent over to get a damn bag of carrots and the pain that I thought I mostly conquered came back! So now I'm all tight and in bed for the rest of the night. It's so discouraging. Fortunately, my subconscious mind almost systematically will bring the pain down for me after I rest for a while to keep me believing that the pain is from a physical weakness. Or maybe I've been pushing too hard and my body is telling me that I'm putting too much stress on it and that I need to cut back again... who knows..