I'm just after some forum members opinion on the idea that knowledge is the penicillin required to eradicate TMS. I have to say I find it very frustrating at times to read testimonials of those who have been cured or who are now living with a vastly reduced level of pain who state that they read two chapters of Healing Back Pain and that their pain miraculously dissipated...obviously I'm glad for them but do get dispirited that this is not my experience. I am in the situation of knowing all about TMS even before my LB/leg pain began but all this knowledge and smarts seems to count for nowt for me...I can only assume its because I still haven't fully 'bought into' the TMS diagnosis as relating to me in relation to MY pain. This brings me onto the point of the post. Time and time again I read it said that healing/recovery/improvement is pretty much next to impossible until we 100% accept that our pain is psychosomatic in nature but what if we can't get to that 100% point are we forever locked into the syndrome? I do think that my main issue is the tendency to obsess and ruminate over the technical and theoretical aspects of TMS and in particular how this could relate to me...its like I constantly search for that nugget of wisdom that will allow me to accept the TMS diagnosis, the thing is even if I had that I'm still not sure that for whatever reason I would commit to the recognised healing pathway. I saw my GP today in a bit of a tailspin of worry as my back pain seems to be becoming more chronic and more elevated...I'm also noticing some new aching on the other side of my back and now my neck has started to ache at time and become stiff. I suggested an MRI but she was reluctant to go down this route as she knows my history of health anxiety and feels that this could actually open a can of worms which does make sense to me...I expressed my worry but she did dispel this somewhat when she advised that if something ominous was going on for over 3 years then there would be other factors at play. I think she is of the opinion that my pain is psychosomatic in nature bearing in mind my history of somatisation but its just so frustrating that this pain just feels so much more physical in nature than my other issues that have now resolved and now appears to be so chronic with no sign of improvement. I've read every TMS book going and feel that the concept makes total sense but I just can't take that leap of faith and believe it applies to me...the weird thing is I don't have much choice as the other avenues are rather limited but for whatever reason I'm floundering. Cheers for reading guys and any thoughts or opinions hugely appreciated.