And, now, so is my back!
For the first time in my adult life, I have spent an entire day free of pain in my back.
I had forgotten how good life could be!
After three attempts at physical therapy, I finally found someone who had the key to the solution -- the correct shoes. Turns out that I greatly over pronate on the left foot, which throws my knee right, which throws my hips all over the place. Then, to keep my balance, I lock my knees, making the lower spine and the sacrum take the entire brunt of walking, standing, etc. With the right shoes, my knees soften, my posture corrects itself naturally, and I have a spring in my step.
Yes, I'm happy.
Today, for the first time since we met him, I was able to hold a long conversation with Erik (our builder) outside, without needing to sit, weave or grit my teeth. It's amazing how much more effective one can be when one is out of pain!
Now, if we can get my left shoulder back into painless shape, just watch what all I accomplish!