So for those that have been following along with my back problem this past week, via Facebook, here's what's up.
At some point in the last couple of years, I've had a herniated disc, 2 weeks ago part of that disc broke off and is now pressing on my S1 nerve, which is what's causing all the pain.
Soon I will see a spinal or neurology specialist, who will then advise whether it needs to be fixed surgically, or by cortisone injections.
Oh, and apparently the piece that broke off is apparently 1.5cm in size.
So for the foreseeable future, I'm not allowed to lift anything, I'm not allowed to stretch, and I should stick to wearing pluggers. And of course, I'll have to continue taking my cocktail of Lyrica, Panadeine Forte, and Valium...