Uhhhhhh. Okay. How do you separate "real" from TMS pain? I see a PT I greatly respect - she's a yoga teacher who sees our bodies as one unified system, not as bits and pieces separated from other bits and pieces. I excitedly discussed with her the discovery of Dr. Sarno - who she immediately recognized as, in her words, "the father of mind/body work." I told her how my low back pain stopped almost immediately upon processing and identifying its source. We talked more, and then she cautioned that I shouldn't let anyone tell me that I don't have legitimate pain from the structural misalignments I experience, mostly in my neck and shoulders. She said something I processed as, "This isn't caused by your mind; it's caused by the reality of your physical situation." And that reminded me of a legal theory which is too complicated to recount, but bolstered the validity of what she was saying (of course - because it's LEGAL, not subjective). So I'm trying to parse and process her statement in conjunction with TMS. We could say that, yes, I have actual structural abnormalities from a C5-6-7 fusion, but that it is the tension caused by 50 years of unexpressed rage, hurt, disappointment, fear, anxiety, etc., which is causing the muscle spasms which pull my carriage out of whack? I totally accept the TMS concept, mostly because it worked, but I guess I can't buy that EVERY pain which isn't caused by a broken bone or a torn ligament or some other tissue damage, can be explained away so easily. Good God. I'm so overwhelmed by all of this. I keep remembering more and more things, and I'm beginning to wonder if I can do this on my own. I just want to cry.