I came across Healing Back Pain last December and read it then. I was very hopeful, and the book seemed to fit my experience perfectly, and the arguments made sense—but I knew I still had reservations. My back was pretty much the same a few months later, so I recently re-read Healing Back Pain and re-affirmed my belief in Dr. Sarno's explanations, and made a renewed commitment to learning as much as I can. I'd like to find a TMS-friendly doctor in Wisconsin, but the tmswiki page with that information appears to be completely out-of-date. I'll go through this program anyway. Dealing with my pain is not an urgent issue; I feel it every day, but I can work from home laying down, and it's not severe enough that I'm limited in physical activities. For the curious—I had a "herniated disc" experience 4.5 years ago. I woke up one morning with severe pain, and I couldn't sleep well for a week. My pain gradually diminished, but has never disappeared. Standing for long periods of time (concerts, museums, mall shopping) is the most painful thing for me, and uninterrupted sitting (long flights & drives) is next.