When I first found this site, I had been suffering with debilitating back pain for 9 years. When my back first 'went out', I was diagnosed with a herniated disk. I went through physical therapy and had a complete recovery after some months. Every year since then, my back 'went out' at least twice per year. I could not walk, bathe, or engage in any activity without assistance. Driving a car caused great discomfort. These episodes came without warning and would last for a couple of months. Each time I dutifully did the exercises and came back to full function. By the time of my last episode, I was diagnosed with a herniated disk, 2 bulging disks and degenerative disk disease. In December of 2013, as I was pulling on my socks, I felt the familiar spasms and was rendered incapacitated. That time, even after physical therapy, I had to use a walker and cane to ambulate. It was then that someone gave me a copy of Sarno's book on back pain. I thought it read like a cheap infomercial. I was not impressed. But, in desperation, I came on this site and began to go through the instructional program. Every day I logged on, read the 'lesson' for the day, journaled, meditated and began to see the logic that the pain in my back was actually caused by my mind. I cannot tell you that I had an instant cure. Rather, each day I was able to walk a little more. I realized that I finally 'got it', when I felt a back spasm and I spoke sternly to it- telling it that I was going to feel my emotions rather than suppress them. The spasm stopped!! It has been over a year since that episode. I heartily recommend this program. It's scary sometimes to open up to our emotions, but it certainly is better than enduring crippling symptoms. Hope my story inspires you to continue in your own healing!