To make a long story short, my back on my left side has been giving me a lot of grief this year. The doctor tells me its a muscle spasm. What happens is the muscles tighten up and cause a lot of discomfort. It makes it hard to concentrate on my schoolwork and enjoy life. I have been so focused on this back pain that I have felt miserable lately. I'm sure my emotions play a part. Last semester there was no back pain, but I did have an annoying eye twitch that wouldn't go away. Well, the twitch is gone but now my back is killing me. It lends distracted to the idea that my mind is trying to keep me distracted. So, I have read enough about stress to know TMS is real. I know from personal experience that stress can produce real physical symptoms. I’ve been to the doctor and chiropractor so I know I am physically fine. I know there is no structural problems that should be causing my back to tense up. I also know I do have stress and anxiety issues, so I am confident that TMS is playing a part in my back pain. I have decided to follow the Structured Educational Program to deal with my emotions and inner turmoil. Of course in the back of my mind there is always the worry that it won’t work. However, I’m determined to succeed and start enjoying my life again.