I learned about TMS today, at about noon. My husband and I spent the night in a hotel, and I woke 3 times with excruciating back pain. As has happened many times recently, instead of spending a relaxing day, I told my husband we were packing up and heading home, where I could suffer in peace. Doctors have told me my only alternative for back pain is surgery, and that they can't promise recovery. I have untreated scoliosis and arthritis with bone spurs. I've tried all the usual - I've already read enough to know that I don't have to tell you all everything I've tried. I've been determined to avoid surgery, and in the past few years, I've become skeptical of traditional medicine. I have had eczema, been diagnosed with asthma, had a continuing issue with sinus and middle ear infections, and overall, have had back pain since I was in my 20's. A doctor told me I'd be in a wheelchair in 10 years (30 years later, I've proven him wrong). The diagnosis of asthma led to a six week regimen of the maximum dose of steroids when I developed sudden breathing problems; when this didn't work, the doctors finally admitted they may have jumped to conclusions in trying to treat asthma when what I had was a viral infection. I could never understand why, if the scoliosis and arthritis cause the back pain, I would have days and even longer periods when it did not bother me at all, then suddenly I would be in so much pain I could not stand up without assistance. I have had some success using meditation and following the teachings of Tolle in relieving some of my problems (eczema, asthma), but not with the back pain. Today, I felt desperate and searched the internet, and found Dr. Sarno's Healing Back Pain. I bought the eBook and read it in a single sitting. It connected with me. I am a real believer in the mind-body connection, and I know I have a lot of anxiety issues. I was on medication for anxiety for a few years, but I have been successful in relieving much of it through meditation and journaling. So I am hopeful that an understanding of TMS will help me conquer this issue that is starting to impact my quality of life. After watching the John Stossel video, my first reaction was that I believe this method will work, but I'm afraid I will not do it correctly and so it won't work for me. Yep, I think there's a good chance I have TMS, and I have a lot of work to do! I was so happy to see the Structured Educational Program, because it is the kind of process that works well for me. I'm moving forward, hoping to make progress and not get in my own way.