Hi all, Im new here. I recently read "Healing Back Pain" and am working toward accepting TMS as the cause of my 5 plus years of lower and upper back pain. As many of you have, I've had all the awful structural diagnoses in my lower back and was recently recommended a microdiscectomy by an orthopedist. Im sure I will have many questions going forward but the main thing I wanted to ask you all right now is how you deal with symptoms when they are really bad during your healing process. I know its not recommended to continue physical therapy but im wondering how everyone feels bout other things to help with the pain like ice, foam roller, tens machine? I know those things aren't cures to the underlying (repressed emotional) issues but when the pain is severe even while Im working toward healing myself with Dr. Sarno's methods I'm curious if its bad to use other methods of pain management to help get through the tough times? Thanks for all of your thoughts!