I'm wondering if others have had a similar experience to myself. I have had recurring back pain for years, always coming back at stressful moments, or moments of dramatic change. Shortly after my first child was born, I was plagued with horrendous back pain for the whole summer. My second child is due in October. My back has flared up with a vengeance, but I haven't done anything to explain this in a medical way. My theory is that this is being cause by layers of anxiety and worry. Some of the things that play on my mind are: the potential negative impact of having a second child on my relationship with my daughter (1st child) as well as the potential negative impact on my relationship with my wife a combination of the above a sense of increasing loss of agency a likely increase in the lack of sleep and exhaustion worrying that the above is going to make me seriously ill, which it likely won't! an increasing fear of mortality (myself) and not wanting to miss a moment. an increasing fear of mortality (of others) reemergent grief related to my father who died aged 44, when I was 7 (I am fast approaching that age) a sudden understanding of what growing up without a father actually meant/means worrying about my abilities to juggle the increasing responsibilities that come with having two children increasing awareness that my more carefree adventurous years are behind me The list could go on. I've booked to have some talking therapy with a counsellor, as I found that seemed to help after the birth of my daughter. Has anybody on here had similar experiences?