Okay, the title may have been a little overstated, but i totally did break something in my back. According to those who know and understand these things, i ruptured my L4 disk in my spine.
I can tell you without lying that it hurts, a lot, even though this happened all the way back in October. In the MRI picture, you can see the damaged disk; it’s the second from the bottom, and its obscuring the (white) nerve cluster.
So if you’re thinking about lifting something heavy, and perhaps heavier than you should lift, consider lifting with your knees and not your back.
This has been your public service announcement for the week (it’s mine for life).