Hi everyone! It was suggested 5 years ago that my symptoms “were all in my head”. For a while I was happy to accept that. But unfortunately, accepting the fact it was all psychosomatic didn’t help the symptoms go away. So I just got on with it really. However, I don’t work anymore. It’s been about a year since I don’t really feel fit enough to hold a job. My symptoms for over 5 years have been: Episodes of excruciating tiredness (like the plug has been pulled out) Throbbing/aching limbs Weakness in my legs (5 years ago I felt I couldn’t walk at one point) Very uncomfortable stiffness Non-restorative sleep. I feel a wreck after 10 hours sleep. Tearfulness is rarely far away when I feel tired. Difficulty concentrating sometimes Overwhelmed sometimes at multi-tasking or just general day-to-day tasks I have had all the tests possible to rule out any cause other than TMS. Although no doctor has ever talked to me of TMS and no doctor has ever given me a diagnosis of fibromyalgia. But I have moved around a lot and never been followed for long by the same medical professional. I came across the work of Dr Sarno recently. I decided I needed to stop drinking alcohol and a book I read The Naked Mind (Annie Grace) was based on the ideas of Dr Sarno with regard to the unconscious mind. I have been alcohol free now for 4 months. Cigarette free for 6 months and caffeine free now too thanks to this ‘unconscious mind’ approach to addiction. My physical symptoms have become worse since I have deprived my body of alcohol/nicotine and caffeine. This is a real bummer, I can tell you!!! One would expect to be feeling on top of the world. But I can see now that these substances masked my symptoms and/or the cause. I am hopeful about treating myself using this program. I have the personality profile which suggests I suffer from TMS and I have noticed a very strong link between the severity of my symptoms and emotional upset. So here’s to Day One! I’m also going to be doing the mindfulness meditation course found in the book Mindfulness (Williams and Penman) as I go along. Thank you for reading the beginning to my story and I wish everyone else here all the very best in their own recovery.