Hi there, I've been dropping in here for some weeks without signing up just to read what people have got to say and to get ideas and advice from people with similar experiences. This is an absolutely great and supportive place to come and so I've finally decided to make myself known as one of the hardest things next to the pain I've found to deal with, is the isolation of having TMS but not knowing anyone else who does. I also hail from England where the whole concept of TMS, although it exists, is much less developed and known about so there's less support and understanding over here. I've had severe pain for about ten years following the birth of my son. It started with severe and incapacitating back pain and has spread over the years to include shoulder, neck and head pain. It moves around but there's always something somewhere!Like nearly everyone, I've tried everything over the years and spent a lot of time and money and lost even more hope. I first read about TMS in Dr Sarno's 'Healing Back Pain' on January 8th this year and immediately stopped all physiotherapy exercises and began my journey, hesitantly at first. Due to the length of time I've had TMS I've managed to be a victim of conditioning in many areas of my life which has really restricted me but since I began to understand the true reasons behind my problems, I have managed to reduce my pain a lot, most of the time, and have also controlled one major conditioned response I had.I feel much stronger and can do much more but there's still a long way to go. I suffer headaches,which for me is the worst symptom, and the fear of bending is something I have not started to overcome yet. Strangely, I have suffered a lot of anxiety which I never used to have and I've found that very unpleasant. I have good and bad days, days when I feel confident and others when I feel doubts, so am probably like most other people. I just want to get on with my life. I'm looking forward to continuing to use the forum and will always be pleased to get any advice and support from anyone who has time to give it.