Greetings TMS Community ! Thank you so much for having me and I look forward to interacting with you as I walk the path of accepting and employing TMS in my daily life. I ran across Dr. Sarno's work while listening to a recent Howard Stern episode where he was interviewing Alec Baldwin. Alec was talking about his full hip replacement surgery where Howard asked whether Alec had read "Healing Back Pain" by Dr. Sarno.. Howard went on to explain how Dr Sarno had changed his life. I made a note to look up Sarno's work when I got in front of a computer and here I am. I've read "Healing Back Pain" as well as "Mind over Back Pain" and I am sold.. I exhibit all of the personality traits noted in his writing and completely subscribe to the mind/body connection, but I am having a bit of difficulty accepting it in totality. So... Here's my back story (no pun intended): I consider to have had a very "normal" childhood where I cannot seem to locate any repressed emotions or traumatic events. Yes, we all do things as children that aren't always good, but I do not feel that there is anything sitting in my subconscious (neither does my Therapist thus far) that would be tramatic. I injured my back in 2007 (Fragment L4, slight bulge L5 and S-1 w/ Sciatica) and was in absolute agony for several weeks until meeting a great physical therapist. I have been relatively pain free up until about six months ago where work, home, and relationships were beginning to become "Heavy." I wouldn't say painful to the point of being a deterrent to my daily activities, but just heavier than normal. The emotions began to increase in strength along with persistent hip pain that reached a climax this Monday morning (sciatica/low back/tingling in left foot).. Fast forward to today; I know full well that the pain is real, but I am having a very difficult time selling and subscribing to all the Sarno's teachings.. And I am in sales.. Ironic.. Thank you for taking the time and reading my post. I very much look forward to sharing and experiencing with all of you.