I am convinced I have TMS. When I first came across Dr. Sarno's ideas, I'll be honest, I did not take his theory seriously. However, I have nothing left to try. My pain started 4 years ago when I was wrapping up my last year of university and applying for grad school. I started getting terrible hand pain and eventually lost the ability to type. I started using dictation software and saw a doctor that told me I had "very, very, very mild carpal tunnel." This was confirmed with a nerve conduction test. I was shocked that he was describing the debilitating pain that I was experiencing as "mild." I believed the diagnosis, followed his instructions to wear wrist braces while typing, and slowly, the pain went away. I completed my master's degree, typing long periods of time with wrist braces. If ever I forgot my wrist braces at home before typing, the pain would return almost instantly. Fast forward to last summer, I graduated and started a new full-time office job. I experienced a second flare-up, despite the fact I was typing with wrist braces. I couldn't understand how I could be experiencing such extreme pain when I followed the doctor's instructions to wear braces, and apparently my carpal tunnel was only "mild." I tried Gabapentin, Naproxen, various OTC medicines, several braces, and nothing worked. I had an X-ray of my neck and hands, blood work, and MRI, all of which came back normal. Now...the weirdest part of my story is that I had a nerve test for a second time that RULED OUT carpal tunnel. This whole time I was convinced I had it, only to have another doctor tell me I didn't. Now I understand what TMS proponents mean when they say the perception of pain may produce REAL pain. I think my brain has been conditioned to fear typing due to the incorrect belief that I have carpal tunnel. Traditional medicine has failed me and so I am finally giving TMS a shot. A year ago, I would not have been able to type this paragraph without experiencing spasms in my hands. I would say since reading half of Dr. Sarno's 'Healing Back Pain' that my hand pain has reduced by about 20%. Although this is not a lot, and I still don't feel comfortable returning to full-time work, I am hopeful that my pain will continue to decrease. If anyone has similar stories/tips for recovery, please feel free to share.