I've been struggling with a chronic back pain focused to the sides of the lumbar area and, at times, the very center of the lumbar and low back, which came about on a training ride in late December. That night, I felt some very uncomfortable pain that I assumed was just soreness from having been off the bike and more or less activity-free for a couple of months. The pain would mostly subside after a day or two, and I'd go put in another 20-30 miles, but each time would experience some extreme pain (so bad on a couple of rides that I nearly felt the need to throw up). It felt like I was horribly over stretching my low back, electing a very painful burning sensation. After riding, healing, and riding again for a few weeks, it finally refused to go away, and got to the point of around-the-clock, fairly intense pain. It eventually radiated into my shoulder blades and lats, also as a burning sensation that I would describe as having had your arms/shoulders overstretched to the extreme. I am fairly sedimentary in my daily work, and don't have any form of good-posture seating, but it hadn't proven to be an issue with my cycling previously. Here's where it gets interesting. Although not medically diagnosed in any way, I deal with excessive anxiety, have a very negative attitude I find myself unable to deal with, get angry over the smallest of things, and struggle every minute with job (self-employed) and financial issues that are made worse than they probably really are by my anxiety and fear. but, I don't repress it....I've always been open about my fears and negativity to my wife, family, and friends (I don't know if repressing versus not repressing makes a difference). I came down with Prostatitis three years ago, which was only debilitating for a short time but is ever-present. I've determined through experience that it's either entirely mind-driven, or the mind drove my muscles out of whack and made it a physical problem, so I've more or less come to the understanding that the mind can cause a lot of things, like back pain. So when a chiropractor (who treated me for what she said was a rotated pelvis that had my leg lengths a little off-kilter but failed to cure any of my pain) turned me on to Dr. Sarno's books, it wasn't a huge revelation to me it could be my psychological issues. I haven't taken Sarno's advice and gotten back on the bike yet, as the arching motion elicits a strong burning pain in the low back, just as it had before. I have however done arm and shoulder weightlifting, frequent walking, and even some running without any increase in pain, all of which I assume would hurt if I had a torn/pulled muscle or disc issue. I've attempted to "force" oxygen and blood to the region, as mention by Sarno, through exercise and heat via hot tub to determine if I can get temporary relief that would prove it as TMS, but it's done nothing to change the pain level. In general, sitting has been terrible, standing has been better, and walking has been best. The pain appears worse to the touch (sitting in car seats with protruding lumbar supports is pretty rough). What I find interesting, and perhaps some others can relate, is the pain in a lot of ways reminds me of the short spasm pain I've always had when I've been out in the cold and my lower back would tense up. In such cases, I'd stretch my back and feel fine. This is obviously more intense and spread out, but it feels similar. I've tried to avoid the costs of MRI's and physical therapy to date to determine a physical cause, and judging by the comments of my chiropractor (who also has a psychology background) as the seemingly textbook case explained in Sarno's books, it would seem that it's not physical. Thoughts? Suggestions?