This question was submitted via our Ask a TMS Therapist program. To submit your question, click here. Question I threw my back out about 25 years ago (age 21). The pain was almost unbearable in the beginning but I slowly learned to live with it and it subsided over the years with a few flare-ups. I've seen a pain management doctor and an orthopedic surgeon (each only one visit) and they told me my back muscles were too tense and weak. Both visits were 15 years ago or more. They said do stretching exercises in the bed every morning before getting up. About a year ago I thew it out again and it gave me fits for 2 or 3 months but is better again this time. Any suggestions?