Greetings all, My name is Eden and close to two years ago, my son Patrick moved back home. He was in a car accident 8 years ago and developed chronic pain and has lived with it since his accident. When Patrick moved home his pain got so bad that he couldn't work and he also doesn't have health insurance. So it took me a while to find resources to help him, however I finally found a local clinic that offered sliding scale doctor's visits and also accepted him into a program that helps pay for specialist. A few months ago he had his entire spine x-rayed and MRI's and multiple doctors who have looked at his test results have said he has a normal spine and should not be in pain. Hearing this shocked both me and my son. His doctor told us that pain is complex and said that people who have experienced childhood trauma are more likely to have chronic pain as adults. Once I was told this, I was obsessed to find out why this is. And searching for answers on the internet led me to several youtube videos of Dr. Sarno and other doctors who explain what chronic pain is and why as well as the cure for chronic pain and other Mind Body Disorders. Once I knew chronic pain was linked to childhood trauma and stress, I really felt that this is what is going on with my son. I have been learning as much as I can about TMS and putting what I have learned to use. I also learned the areas of my own life where I am also affected by TMS. I have anxiety disorder and struggle with insomnia and TMJ--- have fractured molars from tooth grinding when I'm asleep. And I get horrible tension headaches that last 24-48 hours and can turn into migraines if they lasts longer than 48 hours. It hurts to move my eyes and the pain is so bad--- taking ibuprofen doesn't work at all. I should mention tension headaches past tense, because I have learned to stop them. 4 weeks ago I was dropping my daughter off at her job. It takes less than 10 minutes to drive from home to her work place. When my daughter got in the car, I was grabbing my head because it hurt so badly and as I drove her to work, I started telling her what I had learned about tension headaches being caused by stress (the mind) and not the body. As I started describing what I had learned and was also realizing that I was having pain caused by my mind, I realized that according to Dr. Sarno, it's possible to stop the pain once you realize it's from the mind and not the body. And I stopped it in a matter of seconds. I was blown away and felt like I had a sci-fi experience (smiles). When I went to bed and woke up the next day... I was starting to have another bad episode and even in my groggy mental state, I knew what was happening and before I got out of bed, I made it go away again. Now it's been close to 4 weeks with no horrible headaches at all. And I am thankful I was able to recognize and be able to stop the pain. My biggest challenge is reaching my son. He has had so much childhood trauma, including me being mentally ill and suicidal when he was little. I know I was mentally ill from my own childhood trauma and happily for the last 6 years I have been in therapy and getting more and more mentally healthy. Patrick's trauma is extensive. Abusive father, mentally ill mother, domestic violence and shelters and moving and he even had a baby sitter that abused him in horrible ways. I have tried so hard to show him that he has TMS and has all the signs of it, however it's hard for him to accept it because he's been in pain for so long that he can't believe there is nothing wrong with his body and it's his mind that is causing his body to be in intense pain. I am hoping that someone in NC who may be local to me and my son, my reach out to us. So if you are reading this and you have had many years of horrible back pain and then started healing and your pain is gone or even greatly reduced, please contact me. Thanks for reading this!