I've been suffering from mid-back pain for more than 7 years. I have not had a day without pain in all this time, though the amount of pain fluctuates from day to day. Like many of you, I have tried physical therapy, acupuncture, injections, medication, etc., none of which have had any impact on my pain. Despite many tests, no one has found any structural or other medical abnormalities to explain this pain. Because of my ongoing pain, I have been unable to participate in most of the activities I most love: salsa dancing, yoga, backpacking, even going to the movies. I like my job, but it is hard to get through most days at work because sitting exacerbates my pain. Giving up the things I love to do has been depressing. A few months ago I got angry about my situation and decided to start doing the things I like again. I wore lidocaine patches on my back every day and started salsa dancing and taking yoga classes. For three months, this strategy worked like a charm, and for the first time in 7 years, I started to feel like I had my life back. I thought that by ignoring the pain, I could make it disappear, but now the pain has returned, and with it, a sense of desperation. Which brings me here. Despite the lack of a structural explanation for my pain, I find it difficult to believe that my mind is causing the pain. I did not have the experience of reading about TMS and thinking, "this sounds like me." Nevertheless, I am trying to suspend disbelief and want to give this structured program a real try. I am open to the possibility that it will help me, but I've been hopeful before, and at this point, it's hard to believe that anything will help.