My back hurts something terribly from the midback to the tail bone area completely across. It hurt to touch, and very stiff when I get up from sitting. :T I also have balance issues. This is as a result of an accident 1.5 years ago. I have used heat only recently. My question if something is warm, hurts to touch should I still be applying ice? I have significant neck issues and I pray that the back will improve when I deal surgically with neck. They really have ignored my complaints on my back. Should I be insisting on a MRI/CAT of my back, or just let it go and wait until the neck surgery is done? Tell me what you think I should be pushing for.