I was told by an orthodontist many years ago that I would never get out of pain until I had this reconstructive jaw surgery to correct what he called a structural abnormality in my jaw. I went to see a TMJ specialist who said that I should wear a splint that corrected my bite to see if that alleviated my pain first, before resorting to surgery. I did. I gave it my best shot and my headaches, neck, and jaw pain were no better for it. Over the past 18 years, I have tried numerous chiropractors, acupuncturists, massage therapists, and therapists, physical therapy, rolfing, trigger point therapy, myofascial release, herbs, vitamin supplements, homeopathics, reflexologists, essential oils, even past-life regression therapy to no avail. All to get to Sarno's theory. It is the ONLY thing that makes any sense at all. I was diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder nearly 22 years ago. Then a couple of back-to-back car accidents in '94 (literally three weeks apart) with a whiplash injury gave my brain all it needed to get the headaches really going in distracting me with pain. In addition to headaches, neck, and jaw pain, I have also had neurological symptoms of prickly sensations in my legs over the years which had no diagnosis. The neurologist wrote in my chart that anxiety could be responsible for my symptoms. One of the reasons I feel so strongly that TMS is my answer is because during my mid-life crisis a few years ago, my pain and anxiety were all but gone. Now, however, they are back with a vengeance. Also, a couple of new things have crept up...tinnitus (a constant rumbling in my left ear) and Raynaud's Syndrome, both of which Dr. Sarno considers TMS equivalents. I believe my feelings of guilt, anger, and regret for having put my husband through so much during that time are causing all of this. In essence, I am punishing myself for it. For years, I have been looking outside myself to find someone to fix me, yet all along I intuitively knew that I alone had that power. Feeling backed up against a wall with my pain having increased and spread over the past 18 months, I have nowhere to turn but within. Here is where the real work begins. Now I have a chance for true healing. I just want to thank you all for being here.