Hi there all, I found this concept and then this site almost 2 weeks ago so am still very new, have just worked through day 13 on the SEP. My issues began some years ago as knee pain, it all seemed simple then, running caused my knee pain so I had to stop/adapt and it would go away. This kept me from running which has been my saviour in terms of mental health and crucially my self esteem. I went through a cycle of running, knee flare ups, not running. Also had occasional achilles issues. About three years ago I started to have the occasional lower back pain. I have seen: physi0 x 3, sports physio x3, podiatrist, sports masseur, chiropractor, back specialist x 2, knee specialist x 2 and my GP many times - also a kiniesiliogist and an Myofascial release woman! I have had MRIs and X-rays. I have also tried pilates and core strengthening. So you can see i have tried everything!!! About 2 years ago I finished seeing back and knee specialist who both said that the pain I get in my legs is NOT related to the 'degenerative disc disease' and 'patellofemoral chondral degeneration'. They both basically said it was age related (was 41 at this point) and that as the 'damage is done' i probably won't make it any worse by running. So I decided to carry on and my strategy has been when it is bad, I walk, when it is bearable I run. I felt that was the best I would ever get which was hard to deal with. I travel a lot for work and have to take cushions or therapy balls to sit on as I got so much pain sitting for any length of time. So - two weeks ago I come upon Sarno's book and read it in one sitting on the train. I could feel bells ringing in my head. I began to feel less pain as I read. For the next week I could feel my symptoms diminish. Running was easier, sitting was easier. I began to journal and form my own set of phrases to get my unconscious to accept what I believe to be the case. This week however, progress has stalled, I am better than before I started I know but I think I am impatient, I want to be better! I am recognising that the past two years have brought major work stress which have brought out my inner 'coper' - I hate to be seen to not be coping so don't ask for help. There are also a myriad of family issues which are hard to deal with. So that's where I am, would love to talk to others, I will keep going. I think I try too hard as well as I like to to do things well! I am hoping this is just the beginning of a journey.