One reason I will write these posts is in case someone asks me how I'm doing or what it's like to have a wrecked lumbar spine. Rather than risk a long, pitiful, and self-referential reply, I can instead point them to these self-referential and rambling pages.
Sort of like the old Holden Caulfield line: "If you really want to hear about it..."
First, What's Not Covered
There is a ton of info on the web about the medical facts on herniated disks (condition HNP) and pinched sciatic nerve. I am not going to regurgitate that stuff on my blog. This my personal self-therapeutic account of things only.
Things added up in late August and September when I was overtaxing my back. Which has been tricky and troublesome for several years. I neglected it, kept going.
Then in September I made the last, grievous mistake of all by planting flowers, kneeling in an awkward way. The worst pain began, the pain which has not stopped yet. This was the moment I should have rested and/or gone in for an MRI.