My story begins 18 years ago when I heard about Sarno when I watched a 20/20 show about back pain. At the time I knew at least three close friends with back pain and several acquaintances, but at the time I did not suffer from any pain of my own. Of course I recommended John Sarno's book to my friends/relatives without having read it myself. Five years later I started to suffer from back pain. I was initially diagnosed with spinal arthritis from an MRI. But when I went for a second opinion, a specialist told me I was fine, just needed to lose weight and there was nothing wrong with me. Except I was in extreme pain. That's when I remembered the 20/20 show and John Sarno, and I went and bought Healing Back Pain. Two weeks later, after reading this book I was free of pain. Completely. It felt like a miracle, I had suffered for 18 months with pain every day, and after reading this book I was free of pain. Well, I'd been 13 years free of pain and then last year I went through an extremely stressful moment in my life. I had job stress, financial stress, family stress. This time I started getting intestinal/stomach pain alternating with knee pain. At times I also got back pain, but that goes away quickly. I've been managing my stress a lot better but, the pains are still there. My knee pain does not let me play soccer and my stomach pains do not let me sleep well. So I am starting this treatment/program to battle this TMS pain and hopefully be back to normal activities. I am hopeful I can go back to a normal life free of pain and discomfort.