Hi, I'm here because I saw Forest's video on YouTube. I was inspired to see how he overcame his pain using Dr Sarno's books, and could sympathise with the sense of frustration at trying so many things that didn't work! I'm only half way through The Mindbody Prescription at the moment, but I am open to the diagnosis of TMS, and I wondered if anyone here could let me know if they think I fit the TMS profile... I certainly have the personality traits, I'm definitely a "Goodist" and "Perfectionist" and hostility/agression, dependency all ring bells for me. Here's my story: Dental Childhood Trauma As a child aged 12-14 I had two sets of dental braces (I think this was my 'childhood trauma' moment even though it wasn't as horrific as many childhood trauma's of course!) and about three teeth removed so they could get my jaw to look normal. Teeth & TMJ Adult Problems I have always been a worrier and when I left education at the age of 21 after getting my degree I decided to become a full time solo wedding/pub musician playing sax and singing. Without being big headed I was pretty good at my job and was always fully booked. I was always worried about having problems with my teeth and in 2004 (around four years after I started performing full time) I had a slight tingling in a front tooth and went to my dentist who refilled both my front teeth. Ironically this caused a problem with my other front tooth. I could no longer play sax like I used to! I saw several dentists to get more opinions but they had no answers. I was really upset about this (rage/anger?). But I carried on gigging, playing less sax and singing more. One dentist I saw adjusted my bite, and this caused me to have some ongoing TMJ symptoms (tight jaw and throat area). I do have a strange crossbite from all the dental braces I had as a child. Voice Tension Around two years later in 2006, I got laryngitis after a cold. I sang with the laryngitis at two bookings in one day - and lost my voice almost completely for two weeks. My voice got better but I never felt confident again, and several months later I began to feel tightness in my throat half way through gigs. Eventually the tightness got worse, and I sang less. I saw throat doctors but they just said I had Functional Dystonia (muscle tension or MDT) and to do some stretches. I brought in a second singer to all my gigs. I now only do gigs as a duo because I am scared I won't get through bookings any more, and weddings can be quite stressful. I do find my voice tires easily now when I talk a lot, and I can't shout any more without it giving out. So maybe, now adapted from my teeth problem my brain moved the problem to my voice? Recent RSI Pain So I adapted AGAIN in 2007 and began working as a web designer, and doing some gigs. I spend long hours at the computer, but in March 2013 I've been having RSI problems in my shoulder and arm. It started when I "upgraded" my mouse to a model with a low dpi, so the pointer was slower. I had a really long week of working at my computer - probably doing around 12 hours straight for several days (not good even without TMS I would think!). The pain runs across my shoulder and down my arm. I saw a physio and she said my upper back had seized up and gave me some exercises, but these haven't worked. It feels like a tendon is inflamed in the shoulder/arm. A Question I have a question - Dr Sarno says that the problem can move like this as you adapt (in my case from teeth to TMJ to voice to RSI) but for me personally, I still have all four problems together (my teeth are still prone to pain, I have a tense jaw, my voice tires easily, and have bad RSI problems altogether.) Is that something found in TMS, can you have more than one problem sticking around? If I do have TMS, I do have a lot of internal stress, and repressed anger I'm sure. I had a happy childhood mainly, but I have written a list of things that may be causing unconscious 'rage' and its pretty long. One of the things is of course losing the ability to do the thing I was good at many years ago. I just need to find a way to convince my unconscious to stop being so destructive. I'm not particularly prone to hypnosis, so I do find it hard to communicate with my unconscious. However, the more I read of Dr Sarno, the more I feel like I'm on the right track - but if anything above seems wrong do tell me as I'm learning all the time. Thanks for reading if you got this far! This seems like a great community, thanks so much to Forest for sharing his story as it has really inspired me.