I've been battling pain for nearly two years now, on and off (mostly on). I have been to lots of doctors. All together a rheumatologist, 3 GP's, an orthopedic surgeon, four physical therapists, as well as a chiropractor, massage therapists, and a few acupuncturists. I've had two MRI,s one lumbar one pelvic. They showed mild DDD, L5/S1 herniation with some internal bleeding/hematoma. I've had pain in lower/mid back, pelvis, coccyx, si joints, left knee, neck and maybe a few other places. I was CERTAIN I was a classic TMS case and I wanted to just go ahead and verify this by seeing a real TMS physician. I booked an appointment with a guy who wrote a chapter of the divided mind and worked side by side with Dr Sarno at Rusk for several years. I thought it would be an immediate diagnosis, followed by encouragement to think psychological, not physical. This is not what happened. Instead, he said the internal bleeding is possible cause for concern, and referred me to a neurosurgeon to see if I need surgery. He also noted that the rheumatologist thought I might have something called Marfan's, which I had never heard of. Marfan's is pretty much a nightmare condition for someone with TMS who has a vivid imagination concerning their own pain. Basically, if I get a diagnosis it means my heart could rupture and any time, killing me instantly, and I can expect a life of episodic, vague musculoskeletal and connective tissue pain. The doctor assured me that neither he, nor Dr Sarno himself knew anything about or had any experience working with Marfan's and how it may interact with TMS. So now I am awaiting an appointment with a genetics expert to get bloodwork for possible Marfan's diagnosis (three months I have to wait!) and an appointment with a neurosurgeon to see if I need spinal surgery, (one month wait) all at the recommendation of probably the highest authority on TMS practicing medicine today. I was crushed. Wouldn't you know it, a week after hearing all this my back "goes out" again. I am here in bed, missing work, in agony, incapacitated for the first time in probably 8 months and I have no defenses whatsoever. In the past, I could take consolation in all my TMS literature and support, and I feel that has now been taken from me. Just looking to see if anyone has been through something similar. I just got all the wind knocked out of my sails.