I feel I have a good understanding of TMS but can't seem to make any progress, so I decided to sign up here and reach out. I read Sarno's Mindbody Prescription years ago, with my main motive being to find something that could help my dad. Since then, I've been able to use the TMS theory to rid myself of minor maladies. But for some reason I never made a true effort to apply the idea to my chronic back pain. Here I am 3 years later with nagging neck pain, that I've had for almost a year. In addition to my lifelong chronic low back pain that, at this point, I mostly have accepted as part of my life. Lately the back pain has been severe and the neck pain has become intolerable. I also realize that my knee and heel pain started around this same time (I had attributed those to running). Anyway, this culmination of pain moved me to pick up Sarno's book again and I firmly believe that my pains are TMS. But I am getting nowhere with solving them. I'm not sure if this TMS journey so far has been more inspiring or depressing. Clearly simply making the mindbody connection is not enough for me to heal, as seems to be the case in many instances. In trying to dig deeper and acknowledge my emotions, I feel I'm sending myself into a depression by recalling all my insecurities and past traumas. Seems like I've had many "breakthroughs" where I cry and cry upon realizing some of my deeper emotions, but it does nothing for my pain. Maybe I'm focusing too much on the emotions and pain. So I've also tried the "normalizing" approach, where I go about life as if I'm not injured (because I'm not). But even during a simple walk in the park I find it hard to ignore my neck pain. When I get out of bed in the morning, I intend to bend down without using my hands for support, because there's nothing wrong with me, but when I do that I fold with pain! I didn't realize until delving into this that I have been pretty stressed and anxious for the past 6 months. I know I need to work on that, but I can't seem to figure out how to do so while in so much pain. I'm more anxious than ever now because my mediocre attempts to not be stressed aren't working. I know the de-stressing and relaxation have to happen in order for the pain to subside, but I sort of can't imagine feeling calm UNTIL the pain subsides. I'm just overwhelmed with information and the various approaches, none of which seem to be working for me. I'm trying too hard, I'm not trying hard enough. Need advice.