Hi all, would just like to introduce myself and tell my story. To start, I have talked to several doctors about my issues. I'm a healthy, 31-year-old male. I've gone to allergists, internists, psychiatrists, read books on fatigue, etc. My blood work is always normal and the advice is always the same - exercise more, get more sleep, try these supplements, etc. One doctor tried to prescribe me anti-depressants during our first appointment after I told him about my fatigue. I was pretty shocked as he barely knew anything about me. A friend recently recommended Bessel van der Kolk's "The Body Keeps the Score" to me, which is what led me to research the mind/body connection. I then came across "This Might Hurt" and began to read Dr. Schubiner's work. I enrolled in Dr. Schubiner's online course last night and I'm really excited to work through it. Coincidentally, Dr. Schubiner is based right near where I grew up and I even recognized one of his course participants in "This Might Hurt". To briefly sum up my story: my mother passed away very suddenly about 10 years ago shortly after I turned 19. We were extremely close and her death was devastating to me. Four years ago, I lost my father under very similar circumstances. We were also very close but I was in a different place in my life and better able to handle his death from an emotional perspective. Shortly after my mom's death, I developed a lot of anxiety around my own health. I began to feel low-level aches/pains all around my body and constant fatigue. I was convinced that there must've been something physically wrong with me. I was constantly thinking that I must have had a disease that caused these issues. Many possibilities crossed my mind: cancer, HIV, various infections, allergies, gluten intolerance, etc. I remember researching fibromyalgia and CFS around this time too. I started going to therapy on and off after my mom's death. I fully committed to weekly talk therapy about five years after she died. I found it extremely helpful from an emotional perspective. I am much better able to discuss my feelings and my experience with grief. I also opened up about the anxiety around my health. I no longer worry about the pain and fatigue; I've just learned to live with them. I still experience daytime fatigue nearly every day. I fall asleep almost right away while trying to read or watch a movie. It interferes with my work as I am tired almost always. It feels like I need to take a nap all the time. I feel low-level pain and stiffness in my limbs, joints, hands, face, and teeth pretty much every day. I am not worried about these symptoms being a part of some serious disease like I used to but they still consume my energy and interfere with my life. Prior to reading van der Kolk's book and learning about TMS, I thought that this was just how my body was and the best I could do is learn to live with it. I believe that my symptoms are caused by TMS and I am looking forward to working through Dr. Schubiner's course! I plan to track my progress here. Best to all.