I'm about 3/4 through Healing Back Pain, and am pretty positive I have TMS. Here's my story- I'll keep it as brief as I can. I'm 42 years old. Lower back pain started out of nowhere in October- 6 months ago. It's not excruciating but hurts when I bend forward or to one side, getting up after sitting, rarely when walking. I do exercise but wasn't at the time due to my preoccupation with a house/kitchen addition and renovation. I was super stressed during this time. We were living in the house during the 6 month reno without a kitchen, etc. and 2 children 4 and 6 years old. I was totally obsessed with every detail of the reno. I get that way about most things. A perfectionist, etc... Yes, most people would get stressed during a reno but I was over the edge about every choice I made. I have always internalized my feelings since I was a child, nervous stomach, mild IBS, a year long bout of general anxiety when I was 20. I thought I had stomach issues but tests always came back negative. SO, having TMS 20 years later seems to go with other issues I've had throughout my life. Others always think I'm laid back but inside I'm not. I've started seeing a chiropractor 7 weeks ago. 3 x a week. I am no better. She said my hip is out of alignment and each time I go back it is out again- sometimes more than others. After two weeks of seeing the chiro, She said to cut my work outs down to two times a week and to do certain stretches and get weekly massages. I've been wearing a support belt to help hold the adjustment. My pain is muscular and she says b/c my one hip rotates back the muscles on opposite side are pulling/stretching to keep me in balance. Also says weak Sacroiliac joint. Xrays showed very mild arthritis. MRI from 2 weeks ago showed mild disc protrusions in 3 areas and mild stenosis. She did assure me that many people have this. I find it hard to believe I would have back problems as I have never been an athlete (excessively pushing my body) nor been in any substantial car accidents, etc. SO, in reading the book I am curious about the fact that the chiropractor says I am not aligned every few days that I go??? Does that count as a real physical problem that would cause this pain? I can see that the discs are not necessarily causing the pain but what about this hip alignment or SI joint? Also, from what I've read so far in Dr. Sarno's book.... are ANY types of back (and other) pain actually not from TMS? It seems he points to TMS for so MANY types of problems and I'm wondering if there aren't some instances where people have real injuries due to a sporting injury, fall, or car accident? Wouldn't an overweight person or older people have real knee pain, for example, without having TMS? Also, being the reno is over and I am thrilled with how it turned out I'm wondering why I still have pain. Yes, I'm sure there are other things in my life I am anxious/angry over and I've been thinking about that this week since I started the book. However, I'm mostly content like most other people would be I think. Going back a couple of sentences about still having pain even though the stressful situation is over,..... is TMS something that starts and then snowballs- similar to how when I felt sick from anxiety and somewhat panicked to live my life seemed to spiral into months of "being nervous about feeling nervous"? Thanks so much- I know I need to really explore all of this. I think it will be hard to stop the chiropractor just because she is so nice and really is trying to help me, etc.... I look forward to hearing your thoughts.