I became aware of Dr. Sarno's only 3 days ago. I was trying to do some research on what might help my husband with his back and knee pain. I got Dr. Sarno's book on Saturday and read it in one sitting. The crazy part is, it describes me even better than my husband! I think anyone that knows me would say I'm anxious and perfectionistic. I've never had a moment of back pain in my life, but every other part seems to have hurt at one time or another. Never until recently did the pain significantly interfere with my life. My latest "running injury" is ITBS. I've rested it for many months and done countless hours of rehab exercises, but it will not go away. I finally gave up on running, and said that I didn't care, but I did. Before the ITBS, I had chronic achilles tendonitis and bursitis. There was a year of neck and shoulder pain that eventually went away. Not to mention a bunch of other ailments that seem to have no explanation or correlation, like eczema and allergies. Here's a question that I've been pondering? Can the pain sometimes start out as a real injury and then persist after the point at which you should have physically healed or am I thinking about this the wrong way? What would a life without TMS mean to you? It would mean that I can do what I love, like running, hiking, and biking. It would mean that I'm not afraid all of the time, like what will happen if I go on that hike or something. Will I be miserable all day tomorrow? It will mean that I don't have to make the best of things.