Hello, it's been a really long time since I've posted. I have made some really great progress so I wanted to check back in with a report. I suffered from severe chronic neck and upper back pain for four years - probably because it was mistakenly diagnosed as myofascial pain syndrome due to an overuse injury by my primary doctor (I sit at a desk in front of a computer for 8 hours each day). I bought into this medical diagnosis and through programming everytime I sat at my desk my pain would come on and I would be in agony by end of each day. I eventually found Sarno's books and learned about TMS. Unfortunately, just reading about it did not cure me. I found so much information in the books about the TMS diagnosis, but very little information on how to actually treat it. I did Dr. Schubiner's "Unlearn Your Pain" program - it was useful in identifying some of my core "issues" etc., but the pain continued. I see the reason for this as twofold - I wasn't buying into the TMS diagnosis 100% - there was always a part of me that believed I may actually have myofascial pain syndrome since sitting for long periods always hurt. 100% acceptance of TMS diagnosis represented half my battle. The second is that I was spending all my energy trying to figure out what was being repressed into my subconscious mind that could be causing this. The correct thing to do for me instead was to deal with my negative emotions as they arose on a daily basis. I believe that my TMS was due to unexpressed emotions instead of some hidden repressed emotions I wasn't aware of. I learned how to do this by reading the book "The Sedona Method" by Hale Dwoskin. Amazing! Effective and simple method to learn (and use) to identify and release negative emotions as you experience them including apathy, grief, fear, anger, etc. A combination of acceptance of TMS diagnosis and learning to let go of negative feelings was the key for me!