You don't have to read the entire post; I know many of you are very busy. I just finished Dr. Sarno's most recent book. I believe I am a textbook case, but resolution of the problem still sounds a bit enigmatic, and any insight would be greatly appreciated. The Beginning: I hurt my back in my late teens. The way I hurt it has been a source of regret and pain. I had 2 partial laminectomies when I was 23. I recovered about a year later, and felt fine. Around the age of 28, several years into my marriage, I started having tingling in my legs. It began very slowly, and back pain began to accompany it. It has been chronic ever since; it definitely ebbs and flows, but never vanishes. Mind defeats the Body: About 3 years ago, I was finishing up my master's degree in Electrical Engineering (very stressful), and was having a major conflict with a coworker for months. I started having subtle breathing difficulty in the morning. Next came the IBS, and it culminated in a major panic attack (which started with heart arrhythmia). Oh, and I just remembered I'd had major neck pain for a couple months after taking a nap in a "funny" position. I went to hospital once, I was scared of dying in my sleep. Long story short, it took me probably a year and a half, a few trips to a therapist, and pleading from my wife that it was all tension, and mental. I was QUITE adamant it was physical... I had an endoscopy, esophageal monometry test (gag what an awful procedure). I blamed everything under the sun; gluten, dairy, etc. It cleared up eventually, but I still have the OCCASIONAL what feels like arrhythmia now and then. These are scary. I've learned to ignore them as best I can. They are harmless. As you can probably all guess, it was all stress related. It's almost like a joke looking back; all that really happened to me? Current: I'm 33 now. Back pain and leg sensitivity are still in full swing. We recently had a baby, and boy my back and leg sensitivity went nuts at the hospital. While already a fully believer that the mental affects the physical (I know it's true, I've lived it), I never once considered that it could be causing back pain. MRI Results: Quick background on the back pain; MRI "doesnt look that bad" to three doctors (2 were neuro's). Couple bulging discs No direct nerve impingement. Nerve tests were fine. No multiple sclerosis. Blood work OK. No surgery recommended MRI report looks scary (like they always do), but my original surgeon said it sounds way worse than it is. One neurosurgeon told me to try Cross-fit (WHAT! I'm terrified of even jumping once!), because "doing nothing isn't working". He also thought I would get better (why?). Another one said my BI-LATERAL leg sensitivity didn't make much sense given the MRI results. Two of them prescribed Neurotin. I'm not big on pills, so I never took any of them, especially one's that affect nerve functionality. I have been living in fear of most physical movements. I'm constantly paranoid about my posture. The "solutions" are plentiful: traction, exercises, heat.. no.. cold, electric shock treatment, etc. Anyway, I've understand the basic tenants of the book. Stop avoiding physical activity, let go of the fear, flesh out repressed emotion. I'm surely I already know the answer, but does this sound like TMS? I am on the grind of being a dad and husband, working full time, etc. I believe the diagnosis, but does anyone who has been "healed" of back pain have any suggestions or good information? My dream would be to play soccer again (and with my kids when they are older), among other things. I want to be free from this prison.