Hey all. I'm kindof struggling here. Have had a recurrence of mid and lower back pain. Last time I had this was 2 years ago and I healed by accepting the TMS diagnosis. And the time before that as well having been pain free for 12 years. Anyway you know how it is about still having doubt that all this pain could really be structural. Like SteveO I attribute my 30+ years of chronic back pain (with pain free periods inbetween) to two scary diagnoses in my late 20s: not one but two doctors said I had Ankylosing spondylitis which is rheumatoid arthritis of the spine. Then a "famous" orthopedic surgeon said I had "segmental instability". Scared the heck out of me. But as SteveO said ultimately it was on me as I chose to believe them. Anyway I went yesterday to see a nice DO orthopedist. He took X-rays and told me I had one of the best spines he'd seen. In fact he said my disc at L4-5 was like a 25 year olds. He did show me a facet joint at that same level that had a bone spur there which he said was "weird" because usually the disc space would be narrower as well. He said I could try a facet injection. I asked about mid back pain and he said it was probably muscular and caused by muscle spasm in lower back. But he said I had a very stable back and that terminology "segmental instability) was outdated and not used anymore. So. All this is thrilling news because it confirms no "structural" problem. And my pain did go down a lot because it was skyrocketing waiting the TWO hours I spent waiting to see him. It did go down a lot after this news and I went to bed expecting to wake up pain free but alas not the case. I have even been jogging a bit and so went today but still painful to moderate degree. What I don't get is I even have burning muscle pain lying flat on my back. So all this makes sense and I know now it's 100% TMS , so why is my pain not going away???? I hope my learned pain patterns aren't too ingrained by having this for so many years on and off??