Hello! About 20 years ago I discovered Dr. Sarno through a friend of mine. I was having lower back pain for no apparent reason and after reading The Mind Body Prescription, I was completely cured and became devout believer in TMS. I used Dr. Sarno’s books through the years to help with other manifestations including IBS which I had been diagnosed with in my early 30s (I am now 62). The symptoms all but went away with occasional short-lived flare ups. However, 4 years ago I had to take tetracycline antibiotic. After taking it for a week I had the worst nausea and stomach pain of my life. I immediately stopped taking it but the pain did not go away but just got worse. To make a very long story short…in three months I lost over 30 pounds and ended up in the emergency room. I had a CT scan of my entire torso, blood tests and other things I can’t even remember but they all showed nothing wrong. I was referred to a gastroenterologist who did a endoscopy and colonoscopy and found only minor stomach inflammation which he explained wouldn’t cause the pain. I hoped hearing this would cure me! But it didn’t. Mind you I had no medical insurance at that time and was paying out of pocket the full costs of all this….adding more stress! My GE explained to me it was the ol’ IBS with constipation and that it can come and go and the tetracycline was very, very hard on the stomach and that triggered a recurrence of the IBS. He explained that the brain had learned pathways, painful ones that had now taken over (these are my words as I can’t remember the exact terminology he used). We tried all the usual medications for acid reflux, intestinal spasms etc. Nothing worked and I was losing my mind! I got caught up in the medical world of trying to find a cure. He started me on amitriptyline to try and numb out the nerves. We started with 10 mg and ended up going up to 100. I still had bad bouts and extended periods of stomach pain..mind you I have always had times when my gut was perfectly at peace and I could eat and live normally. Over the past months I have slowly weaned myself off the amitriptyline since it seemed useless for the last few years and had undesirable side effects. This winter while digging deeper into Sarno/TMS I found, read and completed Dr. Schubiner's book Unlearn Your Pain. I was symptom free for about two months..a real record for me! I thought I was cured and felt so proud of myself for doing the work, I was just so happy and relieved! However in the late spring two things happened 1) my elderly mom passed away after slowly declining. I was shocked and happy that the symptoms did not return during the stressful time of her dying and then the funeral and the sadness and emotions that come with that. And 2) My GP started me on Lipitor (I had tried Mevacor a couple years earlier and my stomach really acted up so I stopped it). However, this time I thought since I had been feeling fine I would give it a try. Immediately I had terrible cramps and stomach pain. This was in June( 2014) and since then I have had bad almost relentless IBS again. I was blaming it at first on the Lipitor but after a while I realized that was not the culprit but TMS was once again....thus I am re-doing Dr. Schubiners program (online this time), hoping it will reinforce what I have learned. I know I have MBS although at times I feel myself letting some doubt creep in. I am sorry this is so long and perhaps confusing but once I got started it just came pouring out. I have had no terrible stressors in my past just the usual childhood doubts and fears and personality traits such as low self-esteem and goodism, just to name a couple. I would love to hear from anyone else that was diagnosed with IBS and is having success. I know this works, it is just frustrating that it is taking so long. Thanks for the ear!