Last January I decided I'd get some exercise by climbing stairs to my 5th floor office everyday. From day one my back started hurting around floor 3, but I kept at it for weeks. The result was not being able to stand up straight, extreme pain, and walking with a shuffle for 7 weeks. The DR told me pain management was my option, and got an epidural shot, which really did relieve the worst pain-I was able to stand and walk again. Still, the fear of the pain returning overwhelmed me. I also had an MRI which showed 3 bulging discs, and some arthritis, which was really scary. I recalled Dr. Sarno from years of listening to Howard Stern, and read two of his books.. I knew there was 'something' to it, but couldn't really put it together for it to be really effective. I then ordered Dr Sarno's Mindbody Prescription dvd, and watched it every day for 3 weeks. This is when the material finally began to make sense in a real way. I found that on each viewing, things that went right by me the day before, suddenly hit me like cold water in the face, and I've begun to get more excited about the truths and possibilities that Dr Sarno teaches. I still experience pain at times, usually down by the tailbone, or around my shoulders-the usual culprits, but the depilating pain has not come back, and I'm confidant it won't. At first it seemed incredible that bulging disks were not causing pain, or anything to worry about, but I've found that has been the easiest concept for me to understand. I have no fear about any of that-I know it's not physical, and that I'm basically ok. I still work on the psychological though, and probably always will. I t really does make a difference to put the time in every day to do the 12 reminders, and talk to my brain about it. I just found this website , and am excited that there is so much to offer here. At the same time, I don't think I need to use this as a 'crutch', as I know I'm ok, and there is nothing wrong with my back. It is good to learn and hear from others, though. Thanks for making this site.