Hello all. I've recently found this forum/wiki after having recently found Dr. Sarno. I'm sure my history isn't too dissimilar to many around here ... chronic lower back pain, diagnosed herniation of the L5-S1, tried lots of things with little to no results. In the week or so since finding Dr. Sarno's book I'm feeling generally more optimistic and have felt more periods of relief than ever before. But I'm not pain free yet and from everything I've read it can take a few days/weeks/months to fully conquer the pain symptoms. My question for you all is what to about the pain itself while I'm doing the hard work to rid myself of TMS? At the moment I've taken the approach of tossing out all of the things I'd been doing previously .. no more meds, no more exercises, no sleeping with my legs propped up. I've also canceled my remaining PT appointments and my appointment with the pain specialist to have a needle stuck in my back. My thinking has been that all of those things tell my mind that I don't really believe my mind is responsible for my pain. But is that true? Is it ok to do some things that mitigate the pain like back exercises and sleeping with my legs up? I'm happy not being on the meds and definitely don't want the injections, but am I ok treating the pain while also working on the underlying causes?