Hi there- Just wanted to share my story in hopes others can benefit. I found this site very helpful when I was suffering so here goes, shortest version as possible: I am 48 yrs old and have had TMS since I was 13. Of course I didn't know this but now with the knowledge I have learned about TMS, that's what it was. Over the years my symptoms ranged from ulcers to headaches, disassociation (a foggy blackout feeling), depression, allergies but the worst was the back pain in my upper back. I had an injury when I was in my 20's so when the back pain started, I figured it was just a result of the injury. Read some of Sarno's books and it went away gradually. Came back off and on over the years but all I had to do was read John Sarno's books again to remind me what I had to do. It cameback with a vengeance about 10 yrs later for no reason. Read Sarno's books again but the pain stayed so I went on a search for reason why it wouldn't go away. I went to physical therapy, TMS therapist, read every book I could find to try and figure out why it wouldn't go away. I had a feeling I knew what it was emotionally but for some reason the pain still wouldn't go away. In a nutshell this is what finally helped me overcome it. I faithfully read and did the activities I felt I needed to do over and over from Howard Shubiners book "Unlearn your pain" and "the Sedona Method" by Hale Dwoskin. What Dr Shubiner says is that you must be 100% convinced it is TMS and I was about 98% convinced. A tiny part of me thought it still could be physical. My mind would trick me over and over again and I would fall into the trap and start doing back exercises again. I had these exercise bands that my physical therapist gave me and it wasn't until I threw them in the trash that I started feeling better. Another book I recommend is Ronald Siegal's book Back Sense which I read over and over. The Sedona Method helped me release anger that I regularly would store up and didn't realize I was doing. I consider myself pretty easy going but had a learned behavior of being pissed off or worried about stuff that was only keeping me in pain. I have learned now to release these things instead of stew about them for 2 days. It has been almost a year and I am almost completely free of the pain. I do workout 3-4 x a week and I still get sore sometimes but I figure I am 48 and only human. I don't freak out and think I am relapsing. I don't get scared of the pain which I used to do. You are in control, not the pain. If the pain does come back I ask myslef "what is going on that is bothering me" It is all mental, our minds are amazing and those of us w/TMS just have a more advanced brain I believe! You can overcome it, I did. You just have to be faithful and educate yourself as much as possible. Hoping this will give some hope and insight to others.