Hi Guys I'd like to elaborate my story with you guys.. For the past ten years I've been dealing with alot of stuff; economical issues, family-problems and just alot of traumatizing stress (you propably know what I'm talking about) Anyhow I was so caught up with studying, working my ass off (sorry for the language!!!), and pleasing everyone but myself. Basically everything culminated with a horrible confrontation in six months ago, and I was suspended from work and school (I still am until March..). When this incident happend I was so crushed that I started to cry. I cried about all the stuff I've been dealing with for some years, and I just couldnt stop; guys, I've never experienced anything like that ever before!!!! Three weeks later (in june), I wake up, and cant feel my legs. I am paralyzed so to speak, and my back hurts like hell! I make the conclusion that it must be a herniated disc, which makes me go to my doctor. She quickly says. that its just some myofascial muscle pain, and that I should relax. I go home, relax and the pain actually goes away. Three weeks later (after the initial pain) it bothers me again, and once again am I stressed out about the pain; a herniated disc usually means that one cant work (well, that what I thought before I knew anything about TMS).. So I visited a massage therapist, and I dont know what he did, but the pain got worse, and chronical; at first I just had incidens of pain, but after seeing the massage therapist, the pain got worse, and didnt go away! I now knew the true feeling of beeing miserable. Doctors now told me that it was a herniated disc; "do this and that, sit like this, dont bend forward" etc. I was loosing my mind. I was stuck in the routines given by the doctors, and I keept sitting in these awkward positions and doing all sorts of excercises with little effect. Doctors didnt order me a MRI; they just assumed that I had a herniated disc.. THIS IS THE AMAZING PART 17 days ago I discovered this site, and the whole TMS concept by John Sarno (God bless him!!!). I started to read about him, and studied all about him and his theory. In just 7 days my pain decreased from a solid 10 (out of ten) to a 4. I actually cried of joy, when I experienced this effect! I got even more excited, and kept journaling, reading all the posts made in this forum. Furthermore I started talking to myself and my brain. IT HELPS! When journaling I get this chillin' sensation going down my spine. I CAN LIFT WEIGHTS AGAIN. Afterwards I got the MRI, and the doctors told me that my spine was actually fine, and that it was healthy etc..At the moment, after having pain everyday in almost 6 months I only have some back stifness, which I am sure will go away in time.. I have no doubt in my mind that the TMS is my illness. Funny thing is that I right now have the worse headache of my life..the TMS is moving around!! Anyway just wanted to share my happy story with ya! Hugs!!