Hester is a life saver
My back was still terrible this morning, so I called my sister Hester, who is a physio. She came over, took one look at me, and announced with delight that she hadn't seen a prolapsed disc with lateral shift this bad since she worked in New York. And that was a decade ago. Oh goody. She says it is McKenzie Deviation 4. Nice to be able to name your pain.
She then proceeded to do some manipulations. They were quite physical. But this girl is a miracle worker. Immediately I was finding some relief. She also phoned the GP to ask him to prescribe some proper pain relief and some diazepam. I now feel much more hopeful than I did when I woke up.