I discovered the TMS theory about 10 years after my first onset of back pain. This was after 10 years of jumping through all the usual medical hoops - CAT scan, X-rays, anti-inflammatories, Physiotherapy, acupuncture, orthotics, chiropractic….you name it. Of course nothing helped. It always bothered me that my pain was not on the same side of my back as the herniated disc. No medical professional could explain that either. Then I saw the 20/20 show with John Stossell and I know this was the approach for me. I got the Sarno books and read and re-read them. My acute pain went away and for the past 15 years has only returned once or twice and I have been able to banish it by re-reading one of the books. But there has always been a little nagging residual pain there which I have been unable to banish. It doesn't hinder me from being active - I walk, bike, sail and do yoga and I do not even identify myself as a person with a 'bad back'. I know there is nothing wrong with my back. This was all fine until a month ago when out of the blue I started experiencing severe ankle pain. I knew right away that it was TMS and started in on the 'work' again. (My husband and I both recently retired and I know it is related to this in some way) This time I stumbled on this site. So even though my ankle pain is subsiding nicely, I have decided to work through the SEP to see if I can get rid of the residual pain that I still experience. I am thrilled that there is a community here that can support me. I have told many people over the years about this theory but have never been able to convince one person including my own sister to even read one of the books.