I've experienced many ailments since I was young (about 10) that I now realize were TMS and which have nearly all been resolved at this point. (Headaches, shoulder pain, bicep tendinitis, rotator cuff issues, IT band syndrome, panic attacks, sexual dysfunction (the only one I still need to sort of figure out), chronic fatigue syndrome, sleep disturbances, general joint pain and other pain syndromes rotating around the body, gastritis, etc.) I'm 24 now. I developed CFS a few weeks after my 23rd birthday and my life was absolutely trainwrecked. I barely had the energy to leave the house. I was afraid/'couldn't' walk for more than a few minutes without feeling severe weakness/fatigue/dizziness/etc. My life was reduced from that of an active 23 year old recent college grad, to a homebound wreck who no longer had a social life, work life, hobbies, or anything. It was hell. My doctors tried this and that medication (antivirals, naltrexone, etc.) None worked. And honestly I gave up and accepted my fate. I sort of settled that I would live this shitty life and maybe kill myself in the future. (I could not see a reason to live a life so void of everything that makes life beautiful and worth living.) After 14 months of hell, I found by coincidence, Dr. Sarno's work, because I was having random hand pain. And the book cured my hand pain. I was still in disbelief about CFS but decided there was nothing to lose. I began to do the online TMS work/journaling, repeat mantras while trying to push myself to move and stop fearing, and it worked! Less than three months later and I'm running again training for a half marathon. Yesterday I ran 5 miles at a 9:23 pace and my times are getting faster every week. I lift 3 times a week. I went to NYC for a weekend trip and went to the beach with my friends this past weekend. It is absolutely incredible to be alive again! I still experience symptoms but try to push past them and NEVER let them stop me from doing something I want to do. Fear had been the greatest poison in my life and it took me experiencing 'CFS' to see the toxic fear that was bleeding into every aspect of my life. I was wholly convinced the ME/CFS was a 100% physical problem and would have never believed it was psychosomatic had I not found the book by coincidence when trying to solve my hand pain and the book spelling out my personality type. I figured I owed it to this board to post my story and put in out there in a public place where someone else who is struggling with CFS may find it and use it as evidence that they themselves can reclaim their life as well. I also posted a blog post about my recovery which details the recovery in a more well written 3000ish words if ya wanna read more here. (https://www.ryanwhoop.com/2019/05/09/im-back/ (I'm Back! - My Post-Grad Life)) And if you are a CFS'er who doesn't believe me or believe that I actually had CFS, read the blog. You will 100% see that what I experienced was classic CFS and a moderately serious case. My doctor described me as a 'textbook' case. If I can get over it, you can too!