Hello world - My name is John and I'm new to this site. I could use some guidance/advice from those who have 'been there, done that'. I discovered John Sarno's first two books about 13 years ago and successfully rid myself of relatively minor back pain. Then I had a major knee injury (ACL tear and reconstruction), a big move, a big change of job, a divorce, various auto accidents, and much, much more. So, here I am some 13 years and many convincing MRIs later rediscovering Sarno and many of you fine supporters, authors, and practitioners. I've decided that what the doctors have been saying and recommending just doesn't make sense. My meniscus MRI just isn't that bad (as a highly respected TMS doctor was kind enough to confirm for me via email). My back MRI ripe with 'multi level degenerative disc disease', 'grade 1 spondylothesis', and 'mild thoracolumbar scoliosis' is not nearly as scary as they made it sound. I should be fine and so I've set out to begin my re-education and re-conditioning. I've been seeing some consistent progress in the weight room over the past few months and have been able to work through these and other pains that had popped up (shoulder, elbow, forearm). Yesterday I decided to try something I had not tried in 13 years...to step on a basketball court and shoot around a bit for about 30 minutes. Basketball was my biggest passion and I was too fearful to go back out on the court because it didn't take much for my knee to become painful and swell up significantly after my meniscus 'injury'. I felt good and was very hopeful with how my knee was holding up. Then towards the end of my shoot-around, I got a shooting pain in my lower back when taking a shot. My back had been feeling much better up until then. I knew this was ridiculous. I was hardly pushing myself. The pain radiated like it never had before...wrapping around my entire lower back and even around both sides of my lower torso. Then twinges of a very old familiar 'friend' of mine - patellar 'tendonitis' (tendonalgia I now know it by). I know this is TMS. Nothing else really makes sense. I was hoping the back pain would lessen but it's even worse today. So, my million dollar question is - do I look this pain in the eye and say FU and get right back out on the basketball court...and keep doing so until it finally relents no matter how bad it gets... or do I wait until it's not as bad again before trying again?