From the time I was 28 to about 30 I had debilitating back pain. I tried the gamut as many have - acupuncture, cortisone shots, physical therapy, chiropractic, Reiki - nothing touched it. Until....I read John Sarno's book and within 2 weeks I was completely free of pain - running, lifting and living life again!! It turns out that having a baby and all the additional financial and time responsibilities were causing a great deal of repressed rage (at least I think that's what caused it). For the last 3-4 years I have had spasmodic dysphonia. This is a fairly rare disorder that is "idiopathic" (seems to be code word for TMS). I have intellectually realized there is a better than fair chance that this is TMS, and Sarno even mentions it as a TMS equivalent. Somehow though, I keep talking myself out of it being TMS. I guess my brain has wanted me to hang on to the problem a little longer. I've tried reading/re-reading all of the literature, but it's all so focused on pain, it's easy for my to talk myself out of this being a TMS issue. Today I've decided to seriously commit to getting my brain to accept the diagnosis. I'd love to hear from anyone who has TMS equivalents!