Many thanks for all the suggestions! My cup runneth over with all of your warmth, helpfulness & positivism. Dr. Rashbaum said I could still go forward with acupuncture - the only thing that's given me temporary pain relief - as long as I only get the needles, for unblocking my qi. No massage and no cupping, which are geared more specifically to alleviate pain. I'm reluctant to explain this to my dr - he's very much a healer, doesn't try to push anything else like herbs, but has his own way of doing things. Plus the massage & cupping feel so damn good! I also go to a chiropractor who's more into reiki, light trigger point therapy and gentle spinal realignment (with an activator) who's totally into mind-body healing. I really don't want to give these two doctors up. But I also don't want to negate my TMS healing by continuing to see these people for "my back problem.".