Day 1, Hello, After trying numerous options for my back pain I have finally landed here at the TMS forums. Nice to meet you all. My pain journey began in March of 2015 when I suffered a yoga injury in a forward bend position. I had the instructor provide extra pressure, then something snapped in my low back. It was incredibly painful, and yet I still managed to finish the class. At this time I was only 24 years old. All of my life I had beat up my body in sports and weightlifting. I was in extremely good shape and played basketball about 5 times a week, doing yoga about 6 times a week. There was nothing wrong with me prior to this injury. I figured it was just a normal back strain and went on practicing yoga. Except I couldn't do yoga right. It hurt so bad. My back was very sore and weak, it wasn't getting better. After a couple weeks of trying to resume, I called it quits, as I was useless on the mat. At this time I only hurt when bending in a forward motion, and it hurt bad. I was fine for some time and didn't notice my back. It only flared up when I strained myself athletically, and made forward movements. In basketball I could run full speed and hurl myself into defenders, yet I couldn't pick the ball up off the ground without pain. On a family vacation six months later I remember having an immense struggle standing in lines at an amusement park. I was continuously stretching my back for relief. The pain was finally becoming chronic. It changed a lot of over the two years. Well, it just kept getting worse. I now couldn't play basketball, because of constant spasms any time I made any quick movement. Now I was no longer restricted to forward movements. Sitting hurt. Laying down hurt. Walking hurt. Everything sucked. I stopped going out and began to live like an old man. I was 25. I had spasms getting out of the car, having sex, standing up...you name it. I was just about crippled. Fortunately, I had my engineering job and could go to work. I decided I was going to figure out this problem and get better. I was far too young to have this crippling pain. I would try a series of treatments. There was stretching, massage, chiropractic, trigger point therapy, hot and cold packs, better ergonomics, meditation, drugs...everything but surgery. I had no insurance so I did not get an MRI yet, and knowing what I know now I doubt I'll get one. If this was anything serious I would know by now and Sarno's books describe me to the letter. The injury has healed, and I'm left with muscle pain all over both sides of my back, and occasionally down my legs. My original injury was so localized and felt nothing like the type of pain I have now. If I pressed on a buttcheek pain will radiate down my leg, mimicking sciatica. I read that this can happen with trigger points. I learned everything I could about trigger points, and began to improve via self massage, but it was temporary. The moment I quit any exercises, the pain came back. Recently I have read Sarno's book "Healing Back Pain." I instantly connected with his ideas on TMS and have been doing the best I can for about a week. Also, I've been playing basketball again. I can go full speed, but am very sore in my lower back when I finish. I'm not the same player I was right now, but I'm not spasming anymore after applying some of the ideas on TMS. I do think I'm improving and want to be cured, I'll try anything. My insurance goes through on July 20 so I'll finally see a doctor to rule anything out then. I plan on being completely cured by the end of this program.