I have had back pain on and off for a few years. I lifted something I shouldn't have and threw it out. Since then I have always had a sort of ache back there, and finally had the nerve to go get it checked out. Meanwhile, I have gained probably 40 lbs. I was afraid of doing any vigorous workouts for fear I'd hurt it worse, but also didn't want to get out there and get it figured out, for fear of what they'd find. And the bigger I got, the more depressed I got, and the more I ate. And the bigger I got. And so on. But finally, I went and they did an MRI, and found out I have a "bulging" disk in between L5 and L6, which should go back in place with therapy, which I start tomorrow. It is good news, as I don't have a serious herniated or slipped disk, just bulging, and most likely fixable. For that I am extremely grateful, and going to start throwing myself into a consistant workout plan. I feel like I've been given a second chance with the mildness of my injury, as it could have been a lot worse, and I feel extremely guilty that I've let my body deteriorate this much! I am otherwise healthy, and I feel like I am taking advantage of that fact by not taking care of myself. Many others who have worse problems would be happy to have my healthy body, and here I am wasting it away!!! I look at it as my inspiration to get off my butt and get back in shape!