Short History- I have had chronic back pain for 8 years (diagnosed with herniated and bulging discs). At least twice a year I experienced acute muscle spasms which rendered me immobile. I did everything the doctor prescribed- muscle relaxers and 6 weeks of therapy for each episode, plus 'core' building exercises between episodes. Usually, these treatments worked well and I'd be functioning within the 6 week period. This year, I was still using a brace & cane after therapy was completed and could only walk a few feet at a time. Simple tasks were a misery, including the inability to tie my shoes. Someone told me about TMS. Although skeptical, I figured I had nothing to lose by reading Sarno's book and engaging in this program. Now a month into it, I can walk, bend down, and, when spasms occur, I can talk them out of existence! But more than that, keeping a journal and mindful meditation has allowed me to become more self-aware, has empowered me to take charge of my own schedule, has encouraged me to be kinder to myself and has enabled me to see that I am not a helpless victim. I am not 100%. But I am on the path to full recovery!