Hello, I joined SEP yesterday and I live in Singapore. In Jan 2017, I suffered from acute neck pain and muscle spasms, was sent to the Accident & Emergency, I couldn't bend or turn my head to the right. I was given a jab, told to put a collar guard and a week of NSAID. The X-ray showed that I had bulging cervical disc at C5 & C6 and I was doing physiotherapy every alternate day, as the muscle aching around my neck seemed to be coming back one hour or 24 hours after I left my PT. Sometimes, the ache moved to my shoulder or rib. The orthopedic diagnosis was due to the bulging disc, my center of gravity shifted, I was told to sleep on hard mattress, changed pillow, use a roller bag to carry my laptop, not to carry too heavy .... I tried chiropractic too The on and off aching went on for 3 months till I had another pain attack in Mar 2017, but it was at my right rib. I did research online, usually a cervical disc bulging recovery is 1-12 weeks, my case seemed abnormal. So I went to a spine surgeon for a 2nd opinion. He checked my medical history, suggested full spine MRI and autoimmune test. The autoimmune test came back positive for HLAB27, a gene marker for Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS), I almost fainted on the spot. But there was no fusion detected, a hallmark of AS. Next, I was sent to a rheumatologist. He didn't diagnose any fusion, but he was curious why my muscles from neck to spine were so tensed despite on regular physiotherapy. So I was sent home with NSAID (Arcoxia 90 mg) and muscle relaxant for the next 3 months (till this Jul 2017). At the same time, I found information on TMS and other natural alternatives. I joined a Facebook Support Group "MindBody Healing with Ralphitness", I was inspired by a post of a lady who recently went into remission through diet and ACV. I tried No Starch Diet and ACV for a few weeks, I don't think I require the diet. Also, I started reading Dr Sarno "Healing Back Pain", I saw myself on most pages, that is why I here.