I was a chronic back pain suffer for many years since the age of 15. Finally in 2001 or so I had a "book cure" after reading Dr. Sarno's books. For ten years, I've been essentially pain free with the occasional pain during difficult times. I'm in the heart of the "years of responsibility" with, demanding job, kids, aging parents etc. and little free time for myself. I am completely aware of all my anger generating items, both personality and environmental and the lists are looking mighty long these days! lol. I have not stop any physical activity at all and am not not really in painwhen I work-out, fish, play ball with the kids etc.. The pain seems to be mostly when I lay down and wake up!! Ridiculous right??!!. Is this common after so many years of being pain free? It's been easy to nip the pain in the bud, but this flare-up seems stubborn.