So, my crazy back. This is the psoas muscle:
It starts at the lower back, travels through the pelvis and then ends at the top of the femur. It is extraordinarily difficult to get to, which explains why I am having a hard time icing it. However, based on descriptions of the pain I am pretty sure this is what has been ailing me.
I found some reasonable information from "alternative" healers, but since all the advice was relatively consistent I think it is probably correct. (This site is a good summary, but I clicked around a fair amount.) I actually have started doing some of the relaxation techniques and they have already helped enormously. I also took a walk with D and one of the dogs today, and I sat as little as possible. Sitting seems to aggravate my problem. I even walked after riding my horse tonight.
In case you have back pain, you should be aware that the psoas is implicated in a lot of problems, and I had most of them: lower back pain, pain in the front (where you might otherwise think you had appendicitis!), pain radiating down the front of the thigh, and also mid-line back pain. Not fun. I may be on to an answer here for me, though. A couple of days ago I actually said to P that I couldn't do something because "my back is killing me." She rolled her eyes and told me I sounded like I was 85 years old. I don't like feeling like that!
Okay--back pain is truly not my favorite topic, and I can't stay away from current events for long. Tonight's question: Two Fridays ago in the weekend document dump that this administration seems so fond of, there was a sum of money that had been freed by the Obama Administration to go to the Palestinian Authority. Congress had previously banned any dollars going to the PA. What gives?