I don't know if anyone who doesn't have back pain will understand how happy I am to find this forum. I'm 25 years old and have been suffering from severe lower back pain for the past 4 years. It was diagnosed as a herniated disc. I've tried everything. Steroid shots, acupuncture, acupressure, physical therapy, Chinese medicine, rest, NSAIDs, spine doctors. I thought the second round of physical therapy was helping until I had a severe back spasm on Christmas morning that is still lingering today. My physical therapist essentially told me the only thing that was going to change this was to strengthen my ab muscles, and then sent me on my way. My dad is convinced that compression therapy will be the cure all. I'm just happy I found this book. I started reading "The Mind Body Connection" by Dr. Sarno yesterday in Barnes & Noble and cried within the first four pages. It described everything that I couldn't describe or understand myself. I didn't know that there was hope for me. I always assumed that I was going to have to deal with this for the rest of my life. Right now, I'm on day 1 of the treatment. I've never been so willing to do anything in my life. I want this pain to end, now. I don't want to have pain while I'm in my 20s, or at any other point for that matter. I've been thinking about this all day after I finished the book last night. I know in my heart that this can be what cures me and I've already started journaling on my own. But I worry that I've conditioned myself so much over the past four years to think that this is going to be the rest of my life and that I won't recover. How do I get past that? Am I going to get past that? The pain is still here today, but there have been points of freedom and I can't wait for that to be my whole life.