I am 32 years old and have had chronic neck pain for the past 2-3 years. The symptoms have varied, from your standard pain associated with sitting in front of a computer all day, weakness, feeling like my head is too heavy for my neck to support, feeling like there is a balloon inside my head, pain/tenderness in the occipital region, fullness/clogged ears, etc... MRIs show reversed cervical lordosis, and a couple bulging discs, had a pretty significant subluxation of the atlas vertebrae as well. But Orthopedist said nothing significant enough to cause the type of pain I was describing. Neurologist diagnosed myofascial neck pain and somatization. My chiropractor actually recommended the Mindbody Prescription and I read it immediately. I will do anything to be the person I was before this started. Like many others, I felt Sarno was talking to me directly as he described TMS. I have always been a chronic worrier, and about 4 years ago my dad, who I loved very much, died unexpectedly. Shortly after I started having panic attacks. I was treated with anti-anxiety and anti-depressants and saw a psychiatrist for about a year. I was feeling better and had gotten to a point where i was sick of thinking about my dad all the time and instead wanted to push it away. Well Now it's making sense to me why this neck pain started in right around then.. I stopped therapy, i stopped grief group, i tried to bury my sadness. I think that Sarno's theory makes so much sense, but I do have to admit it's hard to fully deny any type of structural issue...but i think that's just because I have been let down so many times by treatments/therapies not working that It's hard to let the gaurd down and submit fully to something. I am very optimistic about this....I do feel it will be hard to break certain habits. I obsess over the pain...think about it all the time. Even when I feel a little better I am immediately fearful of when it will return. So I am excited to learn strategies and practices to break these habits. Also scheduled to see dr. Paul Gwozdz soon which I am hopeful about.