I guess I start from a good place in that I do believe the mind has a lot of control over one's health. I have always said that. Or thought that. I see my mom. She has a positive, cheerful, never saying or doing or thinking anything bad about a person personality. Up until recently, she has been the picture of health. I have been having on and off back problems for about 2 1/2 years. The past few months have been horrendous. Horrible pain in my leg. Sciatica nerve. The past week I hit rock bottom. So much pain I couldn't believe it. Then a friend reminded me about Dr. Sarno. He had bought his book and it REALLY helped him. I always heard about Dr. Sarno because I am a huge Howard Stern fan and he always talked about him. I never thought I would need him, but here I am. I have been reading his books and doing all the research the past couple of days and, I don't want to jump the gun, but I am feeling much better. I am excited to continue this progress and get back to the life I had before. If anyone is in Chicago, I would love to meet people who have TMS and go to support groups, etc. Please get in touch with me!!