Hi! I recovered from buttock and neck/shoulder pain about 7 years ago using the TMS approach. After 6 months of debilitating pain - and going from doctor to doctor looking for a solution - I read Sarno's book. Within a few days, the pain was actually a bit better. Encouraged by this, I dove right in and did the TMS approach. They key to recovery for me was to *stop* focusing on getting rid of the pain and *start* focusing on living my life. I just started doing things - sitting, exercise, travel, whatever - despite being in excruciating pain. I stopped talking to people about my pain. I realized that if I can live my life and do what I want despite being in pain, then I don't have to fear the pain. And once I stopped fearing it, it gradually left me alone. Two years ago, my neck/shoulder started flaring up again. And I am sad to say that I fell off the wagon. I went to the doctor, who sent me to physical therapy. I thought that as long as I knew about TMS, there was no harm in just trying this to see if it might help a bit. I was wrong, of course. I tried a couple of physical therapists. I also tried other approaches - trigger point injections, medications. Nothing worked. In fact, the butt started flaring up too, whenever the neck flared up (hmmm ... suspicious). Anyway, a couple of weeks ago, I read another terrific book about pain: Explain Pain by David Butler and Lorimer Moseley. It focuses on the neuroscience of pain, arguing that most chronic pain has nothing to do with tissue damage - rather, it is a malfunctioning alarm system in the brain that's reinforced by thoughts, beliefs, stress, fear of activity, etc. Apparently this is what the past 10 years of neuroscience research has shown - but most doctors are completely unaware of it. To treat it, you have to educate yourself about what's really going on (i.e., unlearn the "pain=damage" idea), then start increasing your activity. It's very well documented and convincing, and it's very consistent with my previous TMS experience. This has given me the confidence to try again. I've started doing things that hurt - the two big ones are wearing a bra and lifting weights. I'm in a lot of pain. I'm just trying to get through it and tell myself that I may be in pain, but there's nothing wrong with my tissues. Anyway, I just wanted to introduce myself and ask for support in my latest efforts Thanks!