Hi all, new member here. But, longtime believer and follower of TMS "treatment." Like many others, after years of consistent back trouble, lots of the usual medical treatments, fear of re-injury, etc., I was at my wit's end, found Dr. Sarno's book, and it worked and for the most part have been pain free. I occasionally have flare ups, but can sometimes either talk myself out of an attack coming on, or talk myself out if it pretty quickly. Not this time. I'm dealing with a MAJOR flare up. My lower back muscles are clenched, I'm lopsided and have a noticeable tilt to one side, am in a ton of pain, and keep having episodes of the muscles seizing up in such a painful and debilitating way that I have literally collapsed and fell out of a chair. I have done all the usual self-talk, expressing my feelings and dealing with them, mindfulness sessions, etc. I'm doing my best to not fear the pain and to remain positive. I tried to go for a run to work through the pain, which has often worked for me in the past, I could only muster a light job (saying in my head %$@#% pain, I'm not afraid of you), until a spasm hit, and I was thankful I could even walk home. I don't know what to do and feel conflicted. Part of me is telling me to keep chugging through the pain even though it may bring me to my knees again. Stretching seems to help, but I know it's probably because I'm conditioned to believe that it will. But the relief from pain is nice. Part of me thinks I should just relax, lie on the couch, watch a movie, accept that I will need to lay low till things improve and find ways to take advantage of that. When in a resting position, I can take my mind off the pain and feel relief from the pain. Trying to work through the pain and move around at this point is so painful that I'm really struggling to not fixate on the pain. Looking for suggestions for what people do when they are experiencing such acute physical pain and disfunction. Thanks.