Hey everyone! Back for day 8. The program asked me to relay my experience with the program after the first week. I am still having a big of trouble accepting the TMS diagnosis. I think it is my scientific background, but I still can't say I've 100% accepted yet. I have had some pain free days and some painful days. I can notice a direct correlation between weightlifting and my pain, which definitely messes with my ability to accept the diagnosis. I KNOW that it is simply learned neural pathways causing my pain, and that my brain associates weights with back pain, but it is difficult when you can see a correlation like that. A few days ago, my back was bothering me a little. I have developed these little "tests" over the years to see how bad my pain is (you can see how crazy I am). I bent over a few times - no pain. However, if i put my hands on the back of my head and did the same, I had quite a bit of pain. It must be the increased loading on my back that is causing the pain right? Well, the weight my low back would be supporting is essentially the weight of my entire torso. Adding two hands to that, which are quite light in comparison, surely couldn't make that big of a difference. The pain must be learned...Before reading about TMS and neural pathways, I never would've made this connection - it is these connections that are keeping me going. Overall, I am still very optimistic. I have actually noticed a general increase in happiness and a decrease in pain since starting, which is great for being 8 days into the program. Excited for what is to come.