I had been having very painful sciatica down my left leg. After having an MRI the Dr. said it was from a herniated disk (T5-S1). I went in a received the Epidural Steroid Injection. Two days later, still in pain a friend gave me "Healing Back Pain." It was like reading my life story - it made a very large impact on me. With very little thought I was able to trace the pain back to a very specific and highly emotional event. I was convinced in a personal TMS diagnosis based on the book, and because this was not the first episode. Last summer I had my first sciatica pain, and it too was mapped very clearly to a highly emotional event. So, here I am convinced and doing the program. I am not pain free, but it has decreased quite a bit. Which of course creates a bit of conflict in the back of my mind - was it because of the shot or the knowledge about the emotional event. I choose to believe the latter. Why? Because I have been able at times of pain to talk myself down. It is like some wild crazy mind magic - I love it. I tell my mind to stop creating pain, and let the blood flow. And darn near every time it works. So, to the exercise question. In the three days between the shot and reading the book I started to ride an exercise bike. It was nice. It made me feel good. Then Dr. Sarno's book said I needed to stop exercising because I did not want my mind to think that exercise was the cure. So, I stopped. I want to ride again. Is it too soon since I still feel some pain and am working on the emotional stuff - or can I get on that bike and ride?