Hello, I'm Lisa ... 55 yrs old, breast cancer survivor ... "Diagnosed" with herniated L3 L4, or arthritis, or stenosis at L5 or SI joint dysfunction ... You pick. I've had lower back pain here and there for years, but one long serious episode since summer 2014. I've been thru the usual reindeer games ... steroids, meds, SI shots, an epidural, 3 rounds of PT, spinal decompression therapy (out of pocket, argh!), accupuncture, chiro ... I've read some of Healing Back Pain and I think I fit the profile. I have an appt in NYC tomorrow with Dr. Rashbaum. Ironically I'm experiencing a bad flare up, not even sure I can deal with the train and walking 10 min to his office. And reading about him, I'm not even sure he & I will click. (I much prefer warm & fuzzy.) I'm this close to canceling. My anxiety is thru the roof (I'm always nervous going into NYC.) Feeling rather hopeless. I swear, cancer was easier.