Gloomy here too, my back is aching so badly I have all I can do to move around. I did the heating pad treatment over the weekend. Helps for a bit. Ice would be the best, but somehow I cannot face the thought of slapping an ice pack on the small of my back today. ;) Shock treatment is not in the cards.
My brother stopped around for coffee and a remember when session, LOL. It's good to see him, when Winter comes around he does not leave his place that much.
Too bad about your back acting up. Do you know what aggravated it? I will pray for it, but besides the heating pad, what can you do for it?