I visited a physical therapist today. I finally decided to do something about my back pain. The good news is, my back is pretty much normal for someone my age. And my pain is not due to the degenerative disk disease that is also common for folks my age. It's a muscular problem that should be helped by specific exercise.
I'm not much of a lover of exercise, but if it will allow me to walk around, shopping for groceries, antiques, etc. and be more physically active, I'll do it. I'd be crazy not to. I will also be visiting the therapist a couple of times a week for a short time to accelerate the process. Therapist suggested pilates. Ugh. I tried those once, and they must be pretty awesome things because they nearly killed me.