I have recently discovered Dr. Sarno, and TMS. My awareness came about because I developed low back pain about 5 months ago that didn't resolve. I have really gotten into fitness again, (I'm 37), and began running and lifting weights regularly about a year ago. I've lost 100 pounds over the past year! But I really love running, and was being told by my father and others to be really careful about running with back pain. I finally asked my doctor about it a couple months ago, and long story short, I went to physical therapy for a month, after 2 weeks, the pain resolved. But during this time, a few weeks ago, I developed pain in my left shoulder again like I had received a steroid shot for a few years ago, then some in my right as well. The PT told me I had 20% weakness in my left shoulder, and to do cuff exercises and lay off the pressing exercises for 4 to 6 weeks. Then I tried to start running again, and the low back pain reappeared. My doc ordered an MRI, and before I had it I read Healing Back Pain, and my back pain started feeling better almost immediately. Then my doc messaged me that the MRI showed I had 2 herniated discs, pain in lower back reappears, surprise, surprise. She said I could see a neurologist and we could look at doing a cortisone injection back there. But I told her about what I had read, and about Dr. Sarno and TMS, and she agreed that "mind over matter" as she put it was very effective, and to continue running, and if I needed her help later to contact her. So even my doc, a non-TMS physician, seems to agree with Dr. Sarno about my back. So I'm running. I still have pain in my low back, but it's not down my leg anymore, and sometimes goes away completely. My question is, should I take the same approach with my shoulder pain? Should I just keep lifting weights, including chest pressing exercises? The ortho doc I saw a few years ago said to never do bench press again, which seems silly and unreasonable. I am becoming a serious believer in TMS and what Dr. Sarno taught, especially what he said about the symptom imperative. But I guess I'm still timid about completely tearing my rotator cuff, or if I'll lose function of my arm if lifting weights did that. I welcome any guidance.