I believe in TMS and that I have it. I have had back pain throughout my life. As a kid it stopped me from continuing with gymnastics and during my first marriage I saw a chiropractor for a year to no avail and a then a homeopathic doctor until it finally went away. I always told myself I had a weak lower back but even at times when I was thinner or did sit ups my back would still hurt so being in better physical shape didn't help either. My back was okay for while but about 10 months ago one day I was in pain again. This time I couldn't walk far or stand for long without it hurting. I was pretty disabled. I went for an MRI and was told I had a bulging disc. I tried all non-surgical methods expecting them to work. After 9 months without getting better I thought of surgery. I found one doc that said he would do it, but luckily at the last minute I decided not to go through with it. Three other docs told me it would not help anyway so I gave up on it and started to doubt whether the disc was even my problem. Then I heard about Dr. Sarno's book. Prior to that friends had suggested that maybe the pain was due to tension and emotions but I was not ready to hear that. Faced with permanent disability and defeat I was now ready. I believe in TMS but I am frustrated that my belief as not made the pain go away already. I want to be like others I've read about where it worked within days or a week. I've seen my pain move to my head and my hip and the other side of my back and also never fully leave the original area in my back. It has gotten better. But I am impatient and I tend to over analyze things, so I am trying to figure out all the emotions I am repressing and make myself feel them whenever I feel physical pain. Then when my pain doesn't go away right then, I want to get angry. But I don't think that Dr. Sarno meant that I should stay in that anger because the pain is brought on by repressed anger. I am not finding that useful. These attitudes of mine just bring about more stress. But today I started the Educational Program on this site so hopefully I will be guided into a better way of dealing with the TMS. Comments are welcome.... Thanks for listening.