Hi all, I finally joined the forum. Thanks to those willing to share your struggles & successes. I was introduced to TMS & the wonderful work of Dr. Sarno in 2010 after a bout of severe back pain. My life was centered around the back pain and I was in bad shape. A kind and Sarno-aware physical therapist pulled me aside one day and suggested there was another way/another theory on how to deal with back pain. Through the books and some journaling, I embraced Dr. Sarno's methods and was mostly pain-free for several years. I jumped back into physical activity and even took up backpacking. I've had occasional recurring pain over the years and had the symptoms dance around my body (back pain> foot pain>skin problems >joint pain>headaches>upper GI, etc. etc.). It's crazy! The doctors have cleared my multiple times when I thought I really had something. My current slump: I caught a stomach virus in November and haven't been right since. The virus was just upper GI issues for a couple days. BUT, I had fatigue and exhaustion for a long while after that. The local urgent care facility suggested rest. The family doctor did a whole battery of tests, and told me I am in excellent health, there's nothing wrong with me, and that others my age would want the test results that I have. I mentioned TMS to him, but he seemed suspicious of it and didn't want to continue on that topic. After the dr. cleared me, different symptoms jumped around my body, and the latest that I can't shake is upper GI issues. I tried to apply TMS symptoms, and the upper GI stuff went away to be briefly replaced by back pain. I haven't been diligent about journaling. And, I get frustrated and down on myself (it's embarrassing to me) that I know the solution but can't shake the symptoms. And, I feel alone as everyone close to me wants to focus on the physical. Nobody understands/supports the TMS solution.