The good news is that the MRI showed that I have a bulging disc, but that it isn't intruding into the spinal column. The bad news is that I've still got back pain with no clear culprit. According to some stuff I read online, a bulging disc may or may not even be a symptom / cause of pain.
I'd really like a big, bad wicked witch to point my finger at and go "Aha! Now I know why I've been suffering! Take that, you hag!" [ finds treatment. lives happily and pain free forever after. ] Oh well.
Back to the list of do's and don'ts...do drink water, take my vitamins and Bayer, don't lift heavy stuff, etc., etc.
Maybe someday I'll profit off of this and write a story about a short Amer-Asian back pain sufferer who finds a higher calling. Yeah, or something like that.