Hi Everyone, Today is day 1 of my SEP journey. I've already posted this but I have suffered from back pain for the past 3 years and exhausted EVERY conventional, and alternative option; epidural injections, pain meds (of which I became addicted to), Chiro, ART, Yoga, Acupuncture, with zero relief other than the masking of pain meds. One month ago, I read "Healing back pain" and FINALLY found some relief...until last week. In retrospect, I've had 4 knee surgeries (torn lateral meniscus), and currently have two torn rotator cuffs, which I can now say are symptoms of TMS. My back pain came back with a vengeance four days ago. I tried applying what I've learned in the book, ie; talking to my brain, thinking about my repressed emotions (anger) and started reading "Mind Body prescription). However, the pain has gotten so bad that I had to start taking my pain meds again. I have an appointment with Dr Raushbaum tomorrow. I posted this and it was recommended that I start the SEP. What would a life without TMS mean to you? My life w/o TMS would allow me to be more active in my children's lives. I was very much into progressive calisthenics and TMS has brought that to a hault. I would be able to return that passion of mine. I also would much more productive at work opposed to constantly taking breaks to rest or ice my back. My life would (and has been for the 4 weeks I felt relief) be filled with purpose. I would finally be at peace and free of pain.