one of my biggest challenges is the fact I have only had the current pain/symptoms for 8 weeks. it was precipitated by playing 2 intense hockey games straight, through an already sore hip. couple of mornings later morning I awoke and when I went to get up I felt an intense burning pain in my high butt area and all of my butt and leg muscles went into extreme spasm, and the nerve pain down the leg also began. I went into a severe lateral shift position to hobble around on a cane, and basically sat all day for a month in an awkward hunched relief position, as standing and walking were too painful. I had actually had similar pain to a lesser degree after golfing 6 months earlier, but began swimming every day and it went away almost 100% hence back to playing 1 or 2 hockey games per day. the doctor put me on pills for the severe pain (esp bad at night) and I finally got to physio after about 5 weeks. she diagnosed me w a herniated disc, and a perfect candidate for the mckenzie method (you use a side and back extension stretch to 'move' the pain from your leg to your lower back area). it was working, but the stretches were so painful my body began to rebel against them, w/ muscles spasming before I even would try them (brain signals!). and then 5 days ago I discovered Dr. Sarno's audiobook, Healing Back Pain. even though I am early in the pain/symptoms I totally fit his assessment for TMS. there is still a small nagging part of my mind that still wonders if this could actually be just a structural injury. but I have a lot of evidence otherwise that fits TMS, just the lack of time causes the minor doubt. I really have to work on my anger / frustration as I am definitely a person that strongly (and wrongly) believes they can think their way out of or control any situation/issue/problem/outcome. Today I am working on just observing my thoughts and anxieties, not trying to stop them or control them yet (per Alan's Day 5 pain prgogram).