thank you all for the healing wishes. here's the scoop. i severely pulled my abductor/subductor muscles. i can bend forward and backward fine, but if i even try to bend sideways or shift my weight wrong, the pain drops me. i have a really high pain threshold, so that means something. i have ibuprophen for the inflammation, flexoril for muscle spasms and nicodin to help me at night. believe me, i would not want to be doing even the ibuprophen if i didn't have to. i also have a heat pad which i just turned down to low. they say four days. i'm not going back to work til tuesday. i hope i can get some painting in.