I am a new member here suffering from back pain & I would like to post a success story of my friend through whom I actually got to know about TMS & John E Sarno .. This will serve me & others to never give up as cure is 100 percent possible .. I will regularly come back and read this as REMINDER whenever I am down. (When you reply if you wish to give me any tips , you are most welcome. I am battling debilitating back pain for 4 months now..actually bedridden.) My friend suffered from a disc bulge with nerve impingement few years ago and was in bed for couple of months. In his words he couldn't even move in the bed. He took an alternative approach of adjustments using Eastern methods. He got better & resumed his normal life. After about an year the pain came back with same vengeance.. That's when he motivated himself to cure himself of this pain. He then came across John E Sarno book. He started Reading the book 'Healing back pain'.. He read it at a slow pace i.e he took 4 to 6 weeks to read the book & the pain had completely vanished by the time he finished it . This is 4 years ago. Since then he is totally pain free . Last week when I spoke to him he said he went for trekking in Himalayas. He said I am not telling this to boast about myself but to inspire you. Some key points he told me - 1) "After curing yourself you will feel 'why did I suffer for such a SILLY issue". YES SILLY ISSUE. (I think this is same as what Sarno said 'TMS is good thing to have, as cure is easy) 2) After getting rid of symptoms he went for another MRI and found that disc is still pressing the Nerve WHICH means the nerve impingement has no impact. 3) He never did any journaling but everyone road to success is different. 4) Meditating & breathing techniques (Spirituality) have aided him in beating TMS. Reason Acc to him is this had helped his mind to clear of any negativities & stay focused. 5) Pain reduced slowly & gradually. Not overnight. 6) He told me not to look into negative stories & get deviated as he right infront of me as an example that TMS can be beaten down. 7) Having knowledge of NLP will be added advantage ( Richard Bandler's Guide to Trance-Formation: How to Harness the Power of Hypnosis) 8) All back pains are caused by psychosomatic disorders. 9) Brain is playing a trick. 10) cure is 100 percent sure & it's just a matter of weeks (4-10 weeks based on person to person) He never had any recurrence in last 4 yrs & he is doing yoga & bending too never gave him any issue. After this experience his whole way of thinking has changed. Hope you find this useful. Thanks. I will regularly update this thread if I hear anymore important points.