For those who haven't seen my introductory post, I've had pain and stiffness affecting almost every part of my body for several years. Everything I tried provided some minor relief at first, then petered out to nothing or even made things worse. I am currently housebound by my condition. I started reading Dr. Sarno's Healing Back Pain about ten days ago, and finished it in about a week. Since then I've re-read several portions to help it "sink-in." Over the week I noticed some minor, but definite improvement. I was finding it easier to settle into bed, slept a bit better, woke up less often, and got up feeling less stiff and more clear-headed. During the day I also realized I was walking more upright and generally feeling more relaxed. Most of my body still hurt, and I was also experiencing some shifting of pain in and out to new areas, and a couple of mood swings, but I was generally feeling confident that the ideas I was putting into practice were starting to bear fruit. I felt this was real progress, even if only baby steps. Yesterday, however, I awoke prematurely (I'm a night owl and late sleeper) to the sounds of neighbor kids throwing balls, rocks, and other junk over the fence into our yard. My wife spoke to their father who was quite indifferent to our complaint. This had us both quite agitated. And quite abruptly all of the week's progress was erased. By evening I thought I had gotten my focus shifted back to the things I was learning, but after a few hours in bed I woke feeling absolutely horrible, stiff, foggy-headed, and anxious, and I had to use the bathroom quite urgently. I then had to sit up in a chair for half an hour to relax before going back to bed. I was pretty relaxed by then, and thought I was finally going to sleep well, but two hours later I woke up horribly stiff, foggy-headed, and agitated again. I'm still feeling very stiff as I write this. I'm of two minds right now. On the one hand I can't deny that I made some real progress just by realizing that my problem was TMS and employing some of the ideas that Dr. Sarno recommends to deal with it. On the other hand, I'm still skeptical that it will solve my problem, and this setback reinforces my skepticism. It's as if the the improvement I experienced was just an illusion. After all, everything I've tried helped a bit at first. I'm afraid that this is going to be just another disappointment in a string of disappointments. Is this normal?