Hi everybody, I am new here. Quick intro - I'm 29, have had some back and neck pain since mid teens and lots of other things that I now believe are TMS manifestations (stomach problems, asthma, bad acne, hay fever). About 2 months ago my lower back began causing the worst pain I have ever experienced. It started mild, I've continued to work out ("carefully, I have slipped discs, wood"), but as I was afraid to move "the wrong way", it got worse and worse, turning into severe sciatica. Eventually I was not able to sit, walk normally, or even sleep... Nothing really helped except some IV therapy. Then I've read Dr Sarno's Healing Back Pain and in three days was able to finally sleep on my stomach - just as I like! Long story short, I've done a lot of thinking about potential emotions that I repress and there is a lot of stuff. I cope very well and have been a non-confrontational, perfectionistic, calm (but at times explosive) and secretive (I called it independent) person. Now I know the price of this. But I've got better pretty quickly. Almost there, almost pain free! However, I have a bad cold for over 10 days now and coughing causes sharp, stabbing pain in lower back. I understand that it's just conditioning and I remind myself that it's just a mild oxygen deprivation and don't have any fear (conscious at least). With other, more continuing symptoms, like leg pain, I have just let it be there, not paying much attention and it eventually disappeared after a few days. How have you dealt with these last manifestations that just won't give up? Any strategies you could recommend for conditioned sharp pain? My guess is that I just pay too much attention to this, but then again, it's hard not to because it's like an automatic fast realization "ok, I'm about to cough and check lower back." Thank you so much!