I am a 56 year old wife, mother and teacher. I have been searching for answers to my health issues and feel that TMS is probably what I have been dealing with for the last 13 years. I am just finishing up diagnostic tests for my most recent severe upper back and shoulder pain. I also have low back and sciatic pain in my left leg. So far tests are showing that my body is normal with arthritis in my neck. I have felt all along that the arthritis could not cause the unrelenting pain that I am experiencing. Unfortunately, this is not my first bout with chronic pain as I was on narcotic pain killers for 11+ years for pain in my right flank. I fought to get off the drugs only to have a new pain in another part of my body in less than 6 months. I live in a rural area that does jot have any TMS physicians or care givers that I can find. I am reading Dr. Sarno's book, Healing Back Pain: The Mind Body Connection, and find myself being described over and over again. I did not think of myself as an anxious person until I learned about TMS. I am a perfectionist so I do have anxiety and anger issues. I am at a point in my life where I can see how I have beaten myself up and have not allowed myself to feel many of the angst in my life. I want to change that in order to have a life where I am no longer a victim of my pain. Chronic pain has robbed much of the joy in my life, but I do find hope in what I have read in the book as well as what I am reading here in the many articles and personal stories. I am just starting this journey to a mostly pain free life. If anyone has any advice for a newbie like me, I would love to hear it. It's so comforting to know that I am not alone and that there are others who have struggled with pain that could not be diagnosed.