I know everyone has been asking themselves "hey, i wonder how Bones' back is, haven't heard from him on that topic in a few weeks". Well, everything is really good, been working full time for a few weeks now and am perfectly fine climbing on ladders and stuff. Still not lifting/carrying much weight, 40 pounds seems to be about the max without feeling a little something. My left foot is still numb, sometimes a lot, sometimes hardly at all. My neurologist thinks this will last for a year or so. He also thought I would need surgery, so hopefully he's wrong about the year. Aside from the numbness though, i don't have any other pain or discomfort. In the the three months since this has happened, I have lost 28 pounds and am wearing pants with a 34 inch waist, down from 38. Losing some weight and continuing with the exercises they tell you to do really seems to be the key, at least for my issues, which is a pretty much screw lumbar region. My DO is astounded by my progress and my neurologists is equally happy to have been proven wrong about needing surgery. My insurance company is so impressed, they have disallowed any more physical therapy, which make sense of course, because why waste money trying to keep my back healthy When I was in PT, I would see people in pain and discomfort and barely getting around and my therapist would tell that their conditions were not nearly as bad as mine, but they didn't have the will to make changes or the drive to do the work and that my results (for my problems) should be the rule not the exception. Anyway, I know a lot of people here have been having similar issues and i just want to encourage them them to keep working at it. I know how painful it is, but you can get over these things if you follow the prescribed path of treatment and convince yourself that you can beat it. You will have to make sacrifices and you will have to put your health and yourself first, for some of you, that may be the hardest thing, especially you guys with families, but there's no other way to do it IMHO you have to become selfish to a degree and take care of yourself first so you can be there in good health again when others need you. Make no mistake, I'm not out of the woods yet and I have to be careful not to have a major set-back while my back is healing, but I am living a normal life, walking upright and feeling really good about my long term ability to stay on top of this.