I am NEVER one to confront or complain and in the rare event that I feel compelled to do so, it's usually something I feel upset or afraid about. ( I've always been a people pleaser and very fearful of abandonment..) Anyway, I was reading through the practitioner's blog today and normally I appreciate Dr. Hanscom's contributions to this forum. His background as a "salvage" spine surgeon provides very credible information and it's a unique perspective in that he actually discourages most back pain sufferers against surgery unless it's absolutely provable via mri, cat scan or nerve conduction study that surgery could provide relief. I, myself had lumbar surgery 22 years ago and as young as I was (28)I felt I researched my decision carefully, had a second opinion beforehand and even an evaluation by a mental health professional to be as sure as I could of my decision... And it was a success, for 22 yrs... This past year, after an unprecedented sucession of traumatic personal loss, severe anxiety and homelessness, I am back in pain... Chronically. And in TOTAL despair. I have tried every conceivable technique to find relief and so far, have had no success, but I digress.. I just wanted to express a thought in regard to Dr. Hanscom's posts of today. He frequently mentions the potential health consequences of enduring chronic pain and as I read through it, I could literally feel my heart rate increase, my stomach churn, my pulse was pounding and my muscles.. Tense and painful. For anyone, (and many, many people on here are already tense and scared.. And fearful of health issues..) with an aggravated nervous system over such a long period of time, pounding it into people's brains that their life may come to a premature end and that living in pain causes such misery pain and isolation actually CREATES less hope, more fear and more pain!! Maybe it's just me, but I actually couldn't read his blog anymore... It triggered such fear.. That I had to take a muscle relaxer and lie down. Is ANYONE else out there as sensitized and afraid as I am?? Another bad day. I don't think I can get any better..