I just got the September newsletter of Johns Hopkins Medicine and it has this to say about lower back pain which convinces me that it has more to do with TMS repressed emotions than anything structural: "Don't expect your doctor to send you for an X-ray or other imaging test if you suddenly develop low back pain, no matter how much discomfort you're in. That's because a diagnostic imaging test for acute back pain will rarely change your treatment and outcome -- and it may actually put you in harm's way. Imaging studies for back pain can be harmful and often are not helpful, according to the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation. X-rays and CT scans (computer tomography scans) carry the cancer risk of radiation exposure. "Low back pain is one of the most common reasons people go to the doctor, and most patients expect to leave with a definitive reason for their pain or an appointment for an X-ray, CT scans, or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). But unless your doctor suspects a spinal infection, cancer, or a neurological or other serious cause for your pain, you'll likely leave with simple instructions on how to manage pain and care for your aching back and maybe a prescription for a pain reliever or a muscle relaxant. "The truth is, for most people, low back pain goes away within four weeks. More than 85 percent of patients have nonspecific back pain that's not related to a disease or evident spine abnormality. Back pain can be caused by degenerative disc disease, arthritis, a herniated or slipped disc, problems in the back muscles or ligaments, and from depression, anxiety, and stress." That last part tells us that the report recognizes TMS symptoms brought on by anxiety and stress. Some people, including the rich and famous, such as George Clooney, don't believe or know that they back pain may be caused by represses emotions. He fell on a movie set a few years ago, hit head hit the floor, and he has suffered severe back pain ever since. Several expensive operations followed but gave only temporary relief and he is reported to be considering undergoing another one. I hope someone reading this can let him consider TMS healing. In his case, he may very well have repressed emotions stemming from an insecure childhood. His parents' failed marriage may well be the reason he has become marriage shy and one of the world's most eligible bachelors. So if you suffer back pain, you can take comfort in knowing you are in a very large boat holding many thousands of people. Following the 12 steps in Dr. Sarno's book, Healing Back Pain, and reading others' books on TMS, plus journaling to discover your repressed emotions, and deep breathing and living in the present, can help heal your back pain. If your doctor has not found a definite structural reason for your back pain, it may very well be TMS. Once I convinced my subconscious that that was the cause of my back pain, it went away. I'd like to hear from anyone who would like to discuss this subject.