So today in the program it asked us whether I've discussed this with people yet.... Discussed it? I've virtually been shouting it from the rooftops! Well, not quite, but early on I was telling anyone that listened. I found that though people were receptive to the idea that chronic pain is linked to psychological issues, the conventional wisdom of what actually causes the pain always seems to trump the ideas of TMS for them. Also I always got the impression they were a bit embarrassed because the presumption then is, I've got chronic pain, so I'm volunteering personal information about having mental problems etc. Or maybe I was the one who was embarrassed... Nevertheless, after discussing it with a few work colleagues, I was surprised how much they have wanted to defend the conventional wisdom that says: sitting in a chair for extended periods causes sore backs. And therefore, exercises and stretches are the only things that will cure a bad back. I don't even bother talking to doctors about it. In the end I give up trying to make my point or win the argument. I think from their point of view it's like someone doggedly spouting forth belief in magic that all the scientific evidence rejects. I had a big argument with my brother which was telling. Because we're brothers we don't hold back. He seemed to win the argument when he yelled: "Then how do you explain old people getting bad backs? They suddenly come down with psychological problems? No, it's because all the years of work and wearing them out, their backs are damaged." I couldn't argue against this at the time. But afterwards I thought about it. When we see really elderly people who can barely stand up straight, it's not just because of pain in their back. It's most likely because of osteoporosis. And do old people (never defined in the argument, but maybe he means 80+, but I don't mind if you're thinking over 40 ) naturally have bad backs? I'd like to see the figures on it, I would think it's evenly spread among all the ages. It's not just about winning the argument. The problem is that when I encounter this resistance it really takes the wind out of my sails and I start to doubt myself. I suppose I shouldn't let it bother me. Maybe I'm being too scientific about it. Rather than add up all the pros and cons of each argument and tally all the evidence for and against, maybe I should see this as a matter of faith. After all, faith is really a state of mind, probably involving the subconscious. Faith...if only it came naturally to me! Can anyone lend me some?