Hi Everyone, Im coming up on the anniversary of the passing of my mom. Its unbelievable to me that its been 15 years. If you've seen the Disney move "Inside Out" this might make more sense. Self esteem - DOWN Happiness - DOWN Anxiety - UP Irritability - UP In short, right on cue, my left hip has been making life difficult. Someone (maybe innocently enough) made a (possibly) negative comment to me online and I collapsed like a house of cards on a windy day. I'm aware now that these things set me up for the perfect storm of back pain. I hope that by recognizing this, maybe I can talk my brain out of it. I'm a little worried because if the pattern of the last 15 years continues, the next month is going to be an emotional and physical rollercoaster. I know that no one has the magic answer for this one, but I wanted to say this out loud (ok, so I wanted to write it so someone else could read it). Maybe it will help.