Glad to hear you worked it out. But I thought that you understood that the torque wrench isn't for breaking things loose. Do NOT rely on it for anything critical (like lug nuts) without having it recalibrated. I suffered three short-lived head gaskets before I figured out that I had knocked my wrench out of calibration doing just what you did. For a nominal 75 ft-lb reading, it was actually 40. I sent mine to, I believe, the Angle Tool Company in West VA. It cost $40 8 yrs ago. I could have bought two new Craftsman breaker bars for that. We won't get into what the head gasket jobs cost me. Get yours checked before you stake your life on it!
Again, congratulations on your perseverance.