I am 31 years old and have been suffering from chronic back, hip and neck pain since I gave birth to my son 3 years ago. Looking back though, I think I have suffered from TMS symptoms since I was a little girl. I have literally spent thousands of dollars on trying to heal myself----osteopaths, chiropractors, massage,exercise, acupuncture and most recently Advanced biostructural correction. Funny thing is, when I went to my doctor for x-rays I was told all they found was mild disc degeneration in my low back which was a normal part of the aging process. She gave me a prescription for an anti-inflammatory but I refused to take it. This chronic pain and fear has taken over my life, I have been told by therapists that I should not even consider having another child because this problem was a result of carrying my son for 9 months and enduring a 48 hour labour while lying on my back. I have also been told to no longer participate in sports or strenuous exercise for I will make things much worse. These comments have scarred me and instilled so much fear that I am afraid everyday of having an acute spasm in my low back or neck. Last month I came across an article online that a man wrote regarding Dr. Sarno's book Healing Back Pain. The book cured him from decades of back pain. I immediately ordered the book and I read it in 2 days. I am so grateful that I have the hope of curing myself permanently. I feel like this book is written PERSONALLY FOR ME! Reading it brought me to tears. I immediately stopped my physical therapy treatments which is a big hurdle for me because for the past 3 years I have not gone more than 1 or 2 weeks without treatment. I have managed for the past 7 weeks without physical therapy and have been doing great---until a few days ago...the pain returned with a vengeance, and all the fear and anxiety came with it. I realize I MUST STICK to this program and keep telling myself that I have TMS. I feel like I am convinced but the inner bully in my brain tries to scare me and occasionally have me doubting it all.