Hi Everyone! I hope all is well, I'm happy to find a community of support dealing with TMS and just wanted to introduce myself, my story and my excitement. It's hard to contain oneself when such a revelation is experienced. I've made the realization that I've basically conditioned myself into a prison of fear. Although I don't normally have severe chronic pain, I have dealt with tremendous anxiety and fear of pain. I've conditioned myself progressively worse ever since my battle against crippling episodes of back pain two years ago. What once was a simple methodology of "I'll stretch more and see the chiropractor" turned into an obsession of "I'll stretch 3 times a day especially targeted at the back (Foundation Training), rigorously every other day, I'll crack my back every time I get up from a seated position, I'll start massage therapy, I'll limit physical activity, I'll stop holding heavy things, I'll stand for 80% of the day instead of sitting at a desk, I'll stretch my leg straight before getting out of a bar stool, I'll go to the bathroom as much as I can to stretch, etc etc etc." I had this long list of MUSTS, it was crippling and I wasn't even experiencing pain. Well, after divulging in everything I could the past few days about TMS, I've not felt more calm about my back fear in a long time. I did a small set of tests Sunday, removing each MUST one by one, and man, was this, not physically exhausting, but mentally exhausting. I had created so many roadblocks for myself and this entire time it was all in my head. TMS makes sense to me in more ways then one, all the way from my random weird bout of IBS in high school, to hives, to panic attacks, to my latest battles with back pain. It keeps moving around. But now, I have the weapon, the weapon is knowledge, and I intend to use it. I'm so grateful to have found an answer (Dr Sarno, the community resources, youtube), and I'm excited to start this journey to live again.