It's been about 13 years of chronic back pain for me, but it wasn't until 5 years ago I had an MRI done, which showed two herniated discs. Much like everyone I've been reading about, I've tried pretty much everything and gotten little or no relief. When I have received some relief from various treatments, it's only been temporary. A few weeks ago, someone recommended Dr. Sarno's book, "Healing Back Pain". After recently finishing it, and not receiving any sort of instant relief as some people talk about, I immediately thought...what am I supposed to do now? That's when I stumbled upon this site on Google, so this is my first day of the educational program. I enter these daily readings and exercises the same way I did Dr. Sarno's book...open minded and hopeful. As I was reading the book, I remember something that happened to me a few years ago. Three days into my week long vacation in Hawaii, I all of a sudden noticed I had NO back pain. I couldn't believe it. So I think back then I knew there was a possibility stress, anxiety, fear, etc. had something to do with this. So based on that experience and my desire for a pain free life, I am willing to accept TMS as a diagnosis. I guess my only hesitancy is the fact that nothing else has worked for me. But I do know how powerful the mind can be, so I will continue to believe. So with that, it's great to be here and I look forward to talking with you all about your experiences and what I can do to end my back pain.