I'm new here, but have been a Sarno-holic since his first book. Then when Howard Stern (of all people) wrote the amazing story of curing his OCD in his book Miss America, I went deeper into studying TMS. Here's one time I forgot about it: A few years ago, I noticed I couldn't sleep on my left side due to shoulder pain (I sleep with my arm bent at the elbow under my head as most people do). Soon it became full born frozen shoulder. I had never heard of this. Went to my GP, who said "yep, adhesive capsulitis, don't move your arm to anywhere it makes pain. Pain is nature's way of telling you to stop" (Sorry Doc, wrong wrong wrong. Pain is often something the brain uses to distract us from something inside us that it doesn't want to face.) Time goes on, and it became more and more painful. I couldn't lift my arm above shoulder level. Now, you may ask, "why, Mike didn't to make the TMS connection, if you were so aware of TMS?" My answer- "Dunno". I just didn't think of it. I go to a specialist on shoulders. Nice guy. But he builds it more in my mind to be structural. And it gets worse (wow amazing!! textbook!) Sooo. A lot of people I know have had this. My friend got it from throwing a ball to his son. He goes the whole process, two surgeries, physical therapy, etc. They also want me to go to therapy. It was even clicking so loud (heavens!)... so I almost went to PT. Almost. Then........ then, I talk to Cheri. Cheri is a friend of ours, and had this shoulder problem for a long time. Really really bad. Surgeries, therapy, I mean for years. I never knew much about it. Her physical therapist put her through a lot of pain. And nothing worked. Nothing. Until.... She got hit by a truck. That's right. Hit by a truck. She was in a crosswalk with her boyfriend, and a truck veered and hit them both. She went flying. Arms up. Feet up. Was in the hospital for a while, then out rehabbed slowly. Fast forward a few years. We're at dinner, and I was having my shoulder thing going on, and getting ready to start PT. Hurt bad that night. Cheri was there, and I remember that she had had so much trouble wiuth her shoulder. I asked her how she is now. And she says perfect. Can move her shoulder all over, no pain. And I ask her what did she do to stop it. "Got hit by the truck" she says. "My arms flew back over my head. And I had a lot of others things to deal with. Forgot about the shoulder completely." Then it clicked in me. She couldn't get over it cause she needed it. She had TMS, and it released her from the pain when she had a much bigger distraction. "Thank you for your service frozen shoulder. Your services are no longer needed." The next morning, I went to my workout room, laid on the mat, and moved my arms up and out and all over, in such pain... I moved them everywhere. Unafraid. "There's nothing wrong with you, now move it up". And guess what.... a week later I'm completely pain free and can move it anywhere. It was a little tight extending outward with my hands behind my head (a little ole TMS residual), but no big deal. I was cured. That was three years ago. It's gone gone gone. Here's another interesting little footnote... As I'm writing this, guess who's shoulder aches a little. Yep... even just writing it down activates the old TMS pathway... as if TMS is saying, "Wait... Shoulder pain... will that distract you? Can I use that? Can I? Can I? Good Golly, TMS. Are you that desperate? "Yep."