I was reluctant to make this post as quite frankly I'm a tad embarrassed to be doing so, but I'm at the end of my tether so want to abide by every recommendation the structured programme has to offer. I will keep it brief! The end of the tether was reached with a painful relationship breakup recently (after 6 years). One of the factors in the break up being I became rather stressful to be around (being around anyone stressed or in pain is not much fun!). So given that (and given I hope to rectify those relationship problems) I really want to sort out the pain I've been having. The most recent pain episode has been excruciating upper back pain, spreading up the neck, even the head and down the lower back. This all followed a go karting incident (8 months ago), classic whiplash (stationery kart, hit from the back). Since then, most of the time I've been in a lot of pain. Importantly though not all the time, sometimes I'm completely pain free. The interesting point in 'my story' is that for the past 13 years (I'm 26) I've had neck, back, shoulder and ankle pain on and off, and never in more than one place. I used to joke that my body would play a 'relay' with pain, passing the baton from the shoulder to the ankle, from the ankle to back etc, depending on some physical trigger (eg, as innocuous as someone tredding on my foot on the train or lifting groceries out of a bag!). Once pain in one location went, pain in another would start - sometimes the gap would be 2 seconds, sometimes 2 months. As a teenager I had almost constant back pain (growing pains so I thought). I was told it was this problem and that problem, given neck collars and this odd contraption that for want of a better word was rather like a bra, with the object being to push my "rounded shoulders" back. Suffice to say its not what a 16 year old boy wants to wear! My mum is a physical therapist. She knows no other way than physical causes, injury and physical treatment (she means very well!). She herself has had decades of back problems (most recently leading to being bed ridden with back spasms for much of a 7 day holiday). We are both very similar. We are perfectionists and, to an even greater extent, goodists! There is no fear greater in my mind than someone thinking I'm not a "good guy". I have a very demanding job in London. I have excelled at that over the past few years and achieved promotions quickly, though constantly with the feeling that I mustn't mess up and must always prove myself to be good. Anyway, I promised brevity so will stop here. Good to get it down in words. What I do know is after reading Healing Back Pain and some of the posts here, so much of 'my story' does seem to correlate with others. The fact my body 'passes' pain around from location to location being particularly interesting. There is no doubt I have nagging doubts. Namely because pain since that go-karting incident (8 months ago) has been excruciating, far worse than I've experienced before. It also flares up whenever I attempt to get back into exercise (even wall push ups). But I'm also sure this is bog-standard conditioning. I've always feared making pain worse through exercise, not helped by my mum's insistence I do nothing 'too strenuous'. OK I lied earlier about stopping but I will stop now! Thanks for reading if you got this far!