Many years ago, I blew out my back and the pain has been with me for all these years. I get middle back pain, low back pain, and pain down into my legs and feet. When I play music, the pain doesn't bother me as badly. I know that it's a form of distraction, but it also does something even greater, and that is, the music takes me away. The jam or groove of a song just makes me forget about the pain. Does anyone else out there suffer from any kind of chronic pain and do you find music to be a release? I also get the same kind of release when I'm playing a killer video game, usually the first-person shooter type of game.