This question was submitted via our Ask a TMS Therapist program. To submit your question, click here. Question Why am I not getting better this time? I have been through the program a number of times times in the past 5 years with 100% success, being pain free any within 3 day to 2 weeks. The pain usually comes on when I was overwhelmed with school work around exams (being a perfectionist and conscientious, always studying and generating unconscious anger). In the past the pain subsides rather quickly when I focus on the psychological, but this time around I am just not getting better. I read the books everyday for 45 mins - 1 hour, I journal all of my personality traits and life pressures/internal stressors that generate unconscious rage, and I firmly believe in the diagnosis as I have been through the program before. But this time the pain just wont go away. It has been 5 weeks and I keep going through the cycle of improving and getting worse back pain randomly at times that dont make sense (psychological conditioning obviously) and I feel as if my efforts to defeat the pain are becoming a lost cause, even if I know the origin of the pain is a defense mechanism and I never think that I have a physical problem. How is it possible that the pain is lingering for this long without improvement when I thoroughly understand the diagnosis and am going through the program in depth? Usually the pain is severe but when I focus on the psychological and the pain goes away within days. How can it be that the unconscious is unwilling to accept my conscious understanding of TMS when I have been at it for so long. I am currently going to the gym to do deadlifts and train my low back even though I know it will cause low back pain (because of conditioning as the mind will use it as a scenario to try and make me think I have a physical problem when I dont). Even when I am aware of what the mind is trying to do and I act upon it by talking to my brain and focusing on the psychological problems, the pain will not subside. Please give me advice and let me know as to what you think the problem is and how I should solve it.