Bert, "And don't bend over to pick things up." Just the thought of it makes me jealous! I *have* to bend my knees and behave like I have a lamp post down my back - the alternative is excruciating. The pain killers are beginning to work now, I'm glad to say - constant gnawing pain now instead of lightning strikes followed by waking up the whole neighbourhood. Now I'm beginning to get just tired. Being in this much pain is so exhausting. So ... any wonderfully wacky or wierd cures, anyone? Lots of sense in these posts, but light on the jokes to keep me amused. And I'm supposed to have a gig on Friday - yikes!