So about two years ago I started getting a pain in my right buttock down to my right calf and foot. I had no idea what this was about and after a few months of this pain not going away I went to see my internist. The internist had me take a MRI which came back the next day and it said that I had a mild case of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis. The pain would come and go but it never completely left. I started taking epidural shots where the pain would vanish for about a month or two but the pain would always come back. I repeated taking the shots for a period of about 9 months or so. Being warned by many people about the dangers of those shots I started looking for other methods to rid myself of the pain. I went back to my internist and he sent me to a massage physical therapist. I went there several times. The therapist bent me in many positions, sometimes I felt like I was being bent into a pretzel. This therapy wasn't working. After 7 sessions I called it quits and went searching for something else. Spending hours on the internet searching for a magic cure for spinal stenosis, I read article after article about how vitamins and supplements would do the trick. I ran to Walgreens and filled my shopping cart with Vitamin B, C, D, folic acid, glucosamine, fish oil, calcium, omega 1-2-3, you name it I bought it. About $125 worth altogether. I took these vitamins and minerals for about 2-3 weeks and all I got was an upset stomach! As a long time listener to the Howard Stern radio show, I recalled Howard mentioning Dr Sarno several times. Howard had horrible back pain back in the 1980's and Dr Sarno gave Howard the magic cure. It never occurred to me that I had "back pain", I just had something called spinal stenosis and my nerves were being squeezed. But being quite desperate, I went on Amazon and bought Dr Sarno's books, tapes and his DVD lecture. I listened carefully to each tape and read the books and figured that this stuff sounded like voodoo. Sure I had issues with parents, family, job, and life in general. There wasnt any new tensions or pressures in my life that I didnt have all those other years when I had no back pain. I thought and thought about my past. Then it hit me! I started thinking about some events that I did in the past 2 years that I wasnt very proud of. These events occurred when I was intoxicated. Without going into detail in a public forum, the things I did while intoxicated were things I would never in a million years do while I was sober. Of course while I was intoxicated these things seemed fun and exciting but afterwards I felt very ashamed and disgusted with myself. And as fate would have it, I repeated these same events two more times (sort of daring myself) and had the same feelings of disgust afterwards. So it hit me. That my unconscious mind was (as Dr Sarno described) raging with anger. Quite frankly I dont blame my unconscious. Once I came to recognize this revelation, A LOT of this back pain vanished. I was thinking, "Is this it?" "Is this the answer?" So my questions: I believe I recognize why my unconscious is sending me these pains. (and I dont blame it) But knowing and understanding what I did to make it mad, what now needs to be done? I think I know the question and answer to my pain.....so what do I do now with that knowledge? Do I apologize to myself or just accept what I did (while intoxicated) and go on from here? What if I was to get intoxicated again and I did the same embarrassing act again in the future? What if my unconscious isnt so apologetic next time? So I think I know the 'root' cause of my unconscious pain.....what do I do with that information now?