I initially had my onset of pain begin in April 2017 after giving someone a spot on bench and having to lift the entire bench off of them. From there I did the whole realm of structural treatment- Chiro, MRI, PT, Accupuncture, Massage - nothing seemed to help. My MRIs revealed the dreaded bulging/herniated disc at L5-S1 right side, but I had no sciatica and my pain always moved a long both sides and into my mid back. Doctors and physios came up with a thousand descriptions of my ever changing symptoms, but I know now it was TMS. About 3 months ago I got my first cortisone shot into my epidural and that gave me a spinal headache that lasted for 2 weeks and an increase in pain. A month later I was convinced to get another cortisone shot into my facet joints which came with another major increase in pain and a series of side effects like insomnia, depression, and nausea. Since then I've signed off from doctors and traditional treatment! About a month ago I read Healing Back Pain and I saw a lot of myself in the pages, but not entirely. I'm working to accept the TMS diagnosis but it's difficult since I've done so much research on structural injuries my subconscious still has it doubts. My personality and movement of pain really fits into TMS, and I'm hopeful that this program will finally help me get over that mental hump and look into my brain to heal. The hardest part I'm struggling with is returning to normal activity because for me even getting into work is very difficult. I know I'm slower than most, but I'm more hopeful now than I've been in at any time of my pain cycle.