This is sort of a vent, a question and a whine, sorry. Ten days ago I came down with a stomach bug that was the worst I have ever had. Running to potty countless times a day and then literally hugging the porcelain bus for a day or two. Yay...not. I am getting some of my appetite back and beginning to slowly go back to solids, but the pain in my lower back seems to get worse every day now. (That scares me a little because I am also diabetic so lower back pain makes me worry about the kidneys.) I actually think I strained the back while vomiting. Sorry to be so graphic, but when I do that...well, I really put my *all* into it and it is not ladylike at all! Today though, the knees have flared up and begun to throb so am thinking the stomach flu has probably just thrown me into a flare. I can't get in to see my doctor until Friday (surprise, surprise) and the pain med nor the muscle relaxant is not touching the back pain. I am sorry, I don't mean to complain, but is this just a flare? I cannot find any position at all to alleviate the pain in the back and am beginning to get a wee bit testy. Any thoughts please? I am exhausted, but can't sleep for more than half an hour because the back pain keeps waking me up.