...why the hell is this so hard to do? Obviously, I do totally understand that if you told the average Joe in the street that their backache could be caused by something other than a physical/structural issue then its quite likely and understandable that they would poo poo this idea. I'm more intrigued (and frustrated as in my case) as to why even if we have all the TMS theory and smarts all nailed down why it is still often so hard to give up that physical causation explanation for our pain. I know that the Cartesian mind/body duality is entrenched in our ways of looking at our bodies and any illness or injury we may have but I am so frustrated that even when I look outside of this and see all its faults and inherent contradictions its still so hard to accept the non structural causality in our specific case. When I read over posts on here I often see it said that accepting the TMS diagnosis becomes easier with time...I'm not really sure if thats true in general but I have found that as time goes on the structural 'doubt' is still as strong as ever and nothing really seems to counter this to a great extent. Whats interesting to me is that even if I discard the Sarno Freudian theory of TMS and think psychological in the way that my pain's causality is due to a hyper stimulated nervous system and learned neural pathways even though that this is accepted by many pain specialists I still have to see the pain as structural and almost picture up images of joints rubbing together and a dysfunction. I think the fear of continuing to do damage and also that things will not improve is huge and I wonder if this is a universal stumbling block in being pulled back into the structural mindset. Thanks for reading and for any comments.