I was thankful to find this forum this weekend. I've had years of back problems that began nearly 20 years while working as a TV photojournalist carrying heavy equipment around all of the time. The pain subsided after leaving the industry only to return again on and off over the years. Just over 2 years ago the pain returned to my lower back with a fury. I saw a chiropractor to no avail, went to the orthopedic surgeon and finally received steroid injections which worked for 5 months. Then this past November the pain began to creep back a little higher in my back and radiating in different locations. Soon after i began to experience pain in my wrist which I was sure was carpal tunnel since I work on a laptop all day. The pain in my wrist soon travelled up my arm and then into my shoulder. After an EMG, they said I didn't have nerve damage and no signs of carpal tunnel. I was certain i was losing it. How could the pain move? Then last week, i had a follow up appointment with my surgeon. He said there is no structural problem in my back. I had feelings I could be internalizing my stress (which I've always been prone to do.) I explained to him my thought process and he advised that could be possible. By this time I had already ordered two of Sarno's books because I had a feeling my bone scan results would come up with no answer. Boy was I right. This weekend, after reading one of the books, I woke up with no pain. None. I was afraid to move out of my bed in fear the pain would shoot back. It did on and off throughout the day, but now I'm not really feeling any shoulder pain. What was once stabbing pain in my should blade is virtually gone. So how did this happen? I think it's because I came to the realization that it was due to stress. I went for a swim this weekend and thought about some specific things I've been stressed about. When one thought came to mind that's been causing me anxiety I felt only what I can call a physical wave rush through my body removing the pain even further. I'm so happy right now. I honestly never had doubts about the internalization of my stress. When I was in college I experience something similar. I had hives for a year starting my senior year well into my first year at my first "career" job. I had gone to multiple doctors to resolve my itchy hives on my torso. No one could fix it. Then one day I was doing an interview with our resident doctor at the TV station and I brought up my issue. She simply said " did you ever think it was stress induced?" The next day the hives were gone. So the TMS self diagnosis makes perfect sense to me since Ive been dealing with it for years without recognizing it as such. I've also suffered from TMJ since college as well. This weekend I noticed with the new realization that I could calm this beast as well. I'm happy to say that I'm already experienced a "relaxed" jaw. It feels kind of tired though with residual feelings considering its been contracted for over 20 years. I'm excited to begin this journey. I'm already seeing and feeling a difference. I just hope I can learn to keep the beast at bay. I'm all in because I'm already seeing the difference. I finally have hope to live pain free. I wish I could give Dr. Sarno a hug for being bold and seeing what this really is.