Yes, thanks Leslie and Lilbert. That all makes sense. Baby steps, one day at a time. When my kids were really little, there were many things I could not imagine them ever doing such as going to bed on their own, riding a bike to school or cooking a meal. But when they are ready, you can feel it and there is not a lot of effort involved. I remind myself of that when I think of them driving! I'll know when and if I am ready to let go of the therapies. Acupuncture has helped me in so many ways and I don't really believe it hinders my healing. The physical therapy may be a different story. I am about 60 pounds overweight and have been for years now. My PT tries to motivate me to keep moving and push myself physically. I guess there is a fine line between when that is helpful and when that is just adding more stress and pressure. She wants me to exercise twice a day, at least 5 days a week, 45-60 minutes in the morning and 20 + minutes in the afternoon/evening. I was generally exercising only 30 minutes 4-5 times a week. When she first presented how much she thought I should do a few weeks ago my first thought was "no way, I haven't exercised that much since my 20's" I have found that I can do it and when I do, it builds my confidence and it does help. But I have to make sure I don't use it as an excuse to beat myself up when I don't manage to do it. The last few days my pain levels have been very high and I have been tired. And of course I do feel disappointed in myself that I haven't kept the exercise up the last few days. So tricky, urrrrrrrrrr.... I will try the Structured Ed Program. I am also in the middle of Unlearn Your Pain and I really like Monte Hueftle's The Master Practice. And I am also having therapy with a MBS therapist via skype. It is very encouraging to hear all your stories and it is very comforting to discover I am not some crazy person suffering from one mystery ailment after another for no reason.