I am new to this forum. My journey with back pain began 8 years ago with a sudden muscle spasm that limited movement for months. An initial MRI indicated herniated disc and I was sent to Physical therapy which 'cured' my symptoms. My back 'went out' once per year, but Physical therapy always relieved the symptoms within a few weeks. After moving in 2010 (to an area and lifestyle which I love), I found my back 'going out' more frequently. 2 years ago I had another MRI- this indicated a herniated disc, 2 bulging discs and degenerative disc disease. The doctor told me that the muscle spasms actually protect the back from further injury by preventing movement. He recommended exercises to reduce the frequency and intensity of these episodes. He then told me I'd have this issue for the next 20 years! My last 'episode' was 3 months ago, very intense- I could not move without assistance for 2 weeks. I completed 6 weeks of therapy and still have limited mobility (can't stand or walk for more than 10 minutes). I read 2 of Dr. Sarnos books. I'm journaling daily and really trying to talk 'tough' to my brain. I get relief at times, but then I feel the spasms coming on. I rarely take prescription medicine. I don't know if I should continue doing the prescribed exercises, since they do give me some relief, but this forum states they may actually reinforce the notion that something is wrong with my back! It's confusing. Thanks for listening.