I happen to belong to the SuperTopo climbing forum where I often come across references to cases of 'spinal degeneration' that are causing various climbers to experience pain syndromes. But I thought the following string contained so much misinformation about the origins of back "problems" that it had to be in a class by itself: http://www.supertopo.com/climbers-forum/1930459/Moderate-degenerative-disc-disease-whos-dealt-ot Pay particular attention to all of the medical myths about back pain that various people on the forum take as clinical truths. Note the combination of various drugs one climber advocates as a panacea for disk degeneration. It's amazing how many believe something called 'degenerative disk disease' and its attendant back pain are an unavoidable consequences of the aging process, something sure to make surgeons and pain clinics wealthy for eons to come. It would be interesting to see how many false assumptions you can spot in this dialog. I might add that climbers a group are intensely competitive, easily wounded by criticism, perfectionist and obsessive compulsive about their climbs and climbing projects. Sounds like an excellent breeding ground for TMS symptoms, don't you agree?