Hello everyone, I'm new to this forum and I've been suffering from lower back pain since... almost 20 years maybe After a painful event in life a few years ago, many additional symptoms added up: pain in both hands and elbows among others (i.e. carpal tunnel), which is a problem for someone working in the software industry. It seems to me I'm a great candidate for TMS . I came across Dr Sarno's work and TMS approximately 2 years ago, read his book The Divided Mind, articles, watched his videos, and I'm currently reading Steve O's book etc. but I'm not healing Maybe because I'm not buying the entire story! Maybe because I need more than just books and stories. That's why I'd like to get your advise. While listening to Dr Sarno (like this interview), it's like no physical activity should ever produce pain! I know, I'm a bit extreme . But what does he say to the lady in the interview: "Oh no, your pain is not from gardening". While I'm convinced that the mind plays so many tricks on us and is deeply involved in this process (especially in chronic pain like the one I have), I can't convince myself that the type of activity you have on a daily basis doesn't play a role in your pain. In his book, I think he mentions for instance that you don't need to pay attention on how you pick up something heavy. You'll know if it's too heavy for you: you simply won't be able to pick it up (something like that as far as I can remember). So explain to me then why weightlifters have this unique technique and use a belt in order not to injure themselves. I've recently watched on TV the soccer WW cup. From time to time players got injured, they needed massage, physical therapy, time off etc. Is it TMS? No, to me, it's simply that they overused or misused their body. So, how to differentiate? I'm currently in real pain after falling off badly while playing sports with the kids. Diagnosis from my Doctor: sciatica probably caused by L5-S1. No X-rays or MRI requested, as recommendation in my country is always to go with standard treatment first (pain killers, anti-inflammatory, physical therapy), before doing any scans. According to the TMS theory, I should (ideally) just convince myself it's not physical but in the mind and I would be cured without any treatment of any sorts (of course excluding cancer, infection and similar nasty things). But when I look at anatomy videos explaining sciatica for instance, it makes so much sense to me, considering the proximity of all those organs (bone/disc/muscle/nerves) that something is currently injured and inflamed in my body because of the accident and is the source of my acute pain (whatever it is: disc, muscle or bone spur pressing the nerve). What scientific proof really makes TMS practitioners state that all of this is wrong or very rare? Although suffering from back pain since many years, I've never experienced, cared or documented myself about sciatica before. And here I go, I hurt myself hitting strongly a concrete pole and wake up the next morning with excruciating pain. Should I really believe it's TMS or is it simply the shock I received? I also find denying RSI not very convincing. How can we expect from someone sitting 10 hours a day in front of a computer (that's my case) to not develop any kind of long-term damages? Is the human body really designed for such a position (everyday, years long) unless you have regular exercises outside work? My understanding from Sarno is that stretches, work out, yoga etc. It's all great, but you don't need it. I've also listened to Dr Schubiner's video and the only examples I'm always hearing for RSI is the one with old typewriter. I'm sorry to say I find this one example not very convincing either: the position of the hand was so different than with modern computers, with no pressure on the carpal ligament and the time we spend in front of those devices can't be compared IMHO. Finally, the only one I like is the story about whiplash, because there are real studies and comparison behind that with the case about Lithuania. As a conclusion and please don't take me wrongly, I'm not here to troll or discourage people, I would very much appreciate if you had any recommendation (additional reading, links to previous discussions, medical studies, videos etc.) that I could digest to convince myself and help me get rid of this chronic pain, as I'm truly convinced though (despite what I've just written) that the mind plays a big role in the process. Thank you very much .