Ahhh, stress! Good and bad, we all have our own “shit” and we all approach and deal with it differently. For as long as I can remember, I’ve always carried my stress in a particular body part and felt the physical pain. For instance when I was a teenager, I would get extremely nervous the night before I had to pitch a softball game. I wouldn’t be able to sleep and my neck and shoulders would hurt so much that I always thought I pulled a muscle or pinched a nerve. My biggest fear was not being able to perform. The thing is, as soon as it was game time, the pain was gone! Your mind will play tricks on you. Once you realize the pain is being caused by stress, worries, PTSD etc…. You need to talk your way through the problem and sure enough, the pain will be gone. I am not ruling out legitimate medical diagnosis, but a lot of times, what’s going on in the inside reveals itself on the outside. Muscle spasms, especially in the back, are caused by stress. They hurt like hell, but you can get a handle on it without needing back surgery or the quick fix of medication.