I have been in a terrible flair. I had a terrible respiratory infection and coughed till I blew two disk bulges in my lumbar region. It twists my spine like a pretzel. I had become completely exhausted from not sleeping well, the pain, the twisting was interferring with my breathing and I had become so bad that I became short of breath going to the bathroom. Yesterday, it rained here and I was in pain from the top of my head to my toes, which have been burning in both legs from the disks in my back, anyway. I was miserable, cranky, exhausted, and hopeless. I had to go off my aspirin, osteo chondroitin, and all anti-inflammatories in preparation for a couple of subcutaneous blocks to get the disks back into place and to inject the pyriformis, which is IRRITATED FROM THE TWISTING, by the pain doc, and it had contributed to the pain. I had taken tylenol a couple of times, but it just wasn't getting it. Finally, last night I took a Vicodin. That is a big step for me. I have tried, throughout all this to stay away from any narcotics, and I have paid in pain for it. I took one last night and I SLEPT. REALLY SLEPT. I have Restless Leg and Periodic Limb Movement and kick and thrash, but I woke up with the miracle foam pillow which I had placed between my knees before going to bed STILL THERE. That is unbelievable for me. I have decided that I am going to do better pain management. I can even breathe this morning. It is amazing. As a medical professional, and a CRNA who was adament about adequate pain treatment in my patients, I haven't done such a good job of treating my own.