To keep it brief, suffice to say that I have had worsening chronic back pain for 13 years. I found out about TMS two years ago, and have been struggling to cure myself ever since (no TMS docs in my area). I read Dr. Sarno's books and it seems like my pain does diminish, but ALWAYS comes back before too long. Conditioning is a huge problem for me. My two biggest triggers are sitting too long (i.e., working on computer), or standing too long (dishes, cooking, anything done in the kitchen.) Even though I know this and understand this, I can't stop thinking things like "I've been sitting here too long, it's going to start in any minute," or "I have to go in there and finish those dishes now, it's going to hurt and my whole night will be over." Today, I was in a good mood because I've been mostly pain free for a few days. Then, while at the computer I started thinking "I've been sitting here too long, it's going to start in," and a few minutes later it did, I kid you not! Obviously, I wasn't supposed to think that, (and I know that) but the problem is, it was too late. I'd already thought it. MY QUESTION: What do you do when you've already had the "taboo" thought and fed the monster? Is there a way to counteract it as soon as you've slipped up? I know the obvious solution to conditioning is to taper up slowly, spend limited time at the computer and work your way up, but what about the THINKING? How to do you stop those fear thoughts?