Hello, This is my first post and not last. I am so glad to have found this site and Dr. Sharno's work and book on Healing Back Pain. I started off 10 months ago with a herniated disc which was really painful and crippling, happened while snow blowing and then going to work the next day, sat in a chair and then couldn't get up or walk. Took me forever to get out of the office and into the car, excruciating pain. Went to chiropractor to get treatment. I started feeling a bit better after a month, but not fully, was able to move around but couldn't sit or stand long with out pain. I ended up going on a cruise with my family, very scared to go as I knew I wasnt a hundred percent and worried that I would be in pain and not enjoy the trip. The plane ride was hard but once I got there, my back was not too bad that I could manage, sore but I was happy i made it. Things were going ok until i ended up throwing up multiple times on the 6th day and that just put my back in agonizing pain that I could no longer walk. They gave me pain killers, drugs, whatever on the ship but nothing helped. I had to be wheeled chaired off the ship...it was painful and depressing...getting wheelchaired onto the plane and off. Went back to the chiro as soon as I got off the plane and he assured me it was just muscle and my disc was fine. I started physio, which seem to be helping and then got into yoga, I seemed to be getting better over the summer but never a 100 percent, up and down, still couldnt drive for more than 15 minutes or sit long without pain....it just seemed to be always there...i was always fearful of my back going to hurt like it did that first day....everything I did was so cautious. As I thought I was getting better then one day I felt it getting worse again but I didn't do anything different. This got me down and depressed. Nothing was working. So I got an Mri to see for myself if something was going on. It did show L5-S1 buldging disc...but not major...minimal on nerve. So I thought this must be the problem. Went back to physio and acupuncture but still not progressing. This now how I ended up here as I was desperate as to what else I could do as nothing was working and I was getting depressed that I will be like this forever. The book Healing Back Pain opened my eyes that this has to be me, I have TMS, makes all the sense in the world to me, as I knew sometimes in my head I just had to think that I'm ok, and this would work sometimes, as I was always in fear to drive, sit, etc...and my back would always be sore, tense up...but if I told myself, just get out of the car and walk, I would,surprise myself. So I am here to start my journey to concur this once and for all. Today is the day I start.