I am 41 years old, a dad of 4 young children, and physically active. I have dealt with chronic low back pain for the past two years, which for most of that time, robbed me of much of my physical activity. I went through practically every treatment approach short of surgery, with one practitioner after the other looking at my scans and saying, "I have no idea why you are still in pain." I started reading Dr. Sarno's Healing Back Pain in early February, followed by The Mind-Body Prescription, and have now finished both. I saw Dr. Rashbaum (Dr. Sarno's successor at NYU) in late February, and he confirmed that he believers TMS is the cause of my pain. I believe the diagnosis, and I have worked through Alan Gordon's educational program. Today I began the structured, 6-week educational program. I have resumed much of my physical activity. But my pain hasn't subsided much in these two months. I still have not had one pain-free day, which leaves me a bit discouraged. If TMS is the correct diagnosis, and I believe it, and I have become knowledgeable about the condition, why haven't I seen more improvement yet?