Angi, you are one gutsy chick! It must be quite a challenge for you dealing with your pain issues, if I had a magic wand I would gladly poof them away for you, you dear soul.
I had a leg injury, that required me to hobble along, favoring my left side, which put strain on my lower left back area. For about 3-4 days I was in agony, had trouble sleeping, standing, or sitting, of course while still trying to work, the pain was unbearable. When I went back to the doctor to get my staples removed from the leg wound my back pain was at its peak. I had major troubles sitting, waiting for them to put me in the next room. While waiting in the private room they placed me in I decided it would be best to lie down. After a short while the doc came in to remove the staples but I literally could not get up from a lying position. He had to help me get up. Long story short, well, I know I rambled a bit, anyway, after he removed the staples, he said we better look at that back. He gave me an antiinflamatory and a muscle relaxer, celebrex and flexerill,? Something like that. I can only take the relaxers at night as they would put me out completely and I would have trouble getting up in the morning.
As far as the red tower one I think its a swarm too. The established hive is in the eave of the bldg about 10' up. It will be an overhead one for sure.
Wish I could go with you on that cut-out, 12' up on a ladder, good to have a second hand, I usually don't but it would help. It just takes longer by yourself. Good luck, have fun, and take lots of picks, please.