I posted this in a smaller conversation. I post it here, because I have learned a couple of things. First of all, everything is and isn't TMS. One thing I learned is Don't Be an Idiot. I was so invested in the idea that I could conquer pain the Sarno way, as I had done with my back, that I assumed that I would work my way out of a supposed "symptom imperative." I got to the point of barely being able to walk 5 minutes, after having been able to hike around Tufts campus, which is hilly. I blamed it on early and long COVID. To make a short story long, I had hip replacement surgery a month ago. I should have done it several years ago, but thought my decreased mobility and pain was something I could work out psychologically. My hip joint radiated shooting pain and I could no longer walk more than 5 minutes. Here's the paradox. Once the X-ray revealed that my right hip looked like crushed tinfoil, I realized that whatever may have contributed to the arthritis, it was too far gone to ignore. So I went to the orthopedist. I have had PT and OT since the surgery. The nurses make you get up and move immediately after you come out of anesthesia. This to me is very Sarno-esque. They don't say be very careful, don't move and never go anywhere without a walker. In the recovery phase, PT and OT have repeatedly said Sarno-like things to me like "YOU HAVE NO LIMITATIONS," "NOTHING THAT YOU DO WILL SET YOU BACK," and "THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH YOUR BODY." This is as they help me adjust to a plastic ball and socket inserted where my poor hip-joint used to be. So- I expect to be throwing away the cane, getting used to walked slightly longer distances, driving in a couple of weeks and returning to my dance class in a month or two. Nothing can stop me now- except my psychological inclination toward gloom. 2024 will be a stressful year. Take care and don't wash the news too much. The medical commercials alone will kill you.