Hello everyone. My name is Albert and I recently discovered Dr. Sarno's book (Healing the Body, Healing the Pain). First of all, sorry to all proficient English speakers. I am not proficient on this language and may write some mistakes through my posts. I could recognize myself in a lot of the pages of the book, specially when refering to Perfectionist, People-Pleaser, Legalist traits. Unlike most of the people here, I wouldn't say that I was "desperate" or in chronic pain for a LOT of time. However, after digging into the books, I could relate old pains that I suffered to probable TMS symptoms. My story is like this: Childhood: I have always said that my childhood was in general very good, happy and that most people treated me well. No bullying, few but good friends, good grades (excellent), no trouble at home, being always loved, etc. And I maintain it. It was a very good childhood. No signs of psychologic thrauma or high thraumatic events (other than some illnesses in the family, which resolved succesfully). I have been meditating and journaling for a week, mostly about my past, and I have reached some conclusions: I pressured myself to get good grades to please the ones surrounding me, competing with friends and other people in my class to see who got the best score on exams. I did this as a part of my people-pleaser (and others) personality and I think it is affecting me now. High School and University: As I went through the years I kept with this attitude. I also noticed that in class I would try not to be asked by teachers, trying to hide or stay unnoticed so they didn't ask me to go to the blackboard or answering questions. I guess the fear of failure was very present to me at that age and kept with me through the years. No physical symptoms until I got to the university. There I would get some occasional back pain (upper, in the cervical column) usually related by doctors to my "long neck" and some stress from studies. Work: When I started to work, back pain came a bit stronger. Doctors said everything was OK. Little bit of scoliosis but nothing that could explain the pain. Probably stress, they said. Back pain went away with GYM and exercise. Some months later I went through a Bunionectomy because my foot was in pain. It was a genetic deformity, no TMS related (maybe pain incremented by TMS, but I will never know!) and right now it has been 4 months since the surgery. After the surgery I was at home playing video games (my main distraction, hobby. I love it !). Time to go back to work came and I was feeling way better with my foot. I was pretty anxious because I didn't know the amount of work I would find when going back. That stressed me. I went back to work but after 2 weeks I developed a tendonitis in the Achilles tendon (in fact it was in the flexor hallucis longus) of the non-operated foot. My surgeon assumed it was due to a bad habit of walking different after the structural change in my operated foot. It made complete sense. I got a pair of well-designed orthotics after a foot analysis (the charge distribution was not OK, I could see it). However, after all this, 1 month after I was still having my Achilles tendonitis and developed pain in my right wrist while typing (diagnosed tendonitis, MRI was completelly OK). Suddenly after 3 weeks my symptoms mirrored to my left wrist. Pain was moving from wrist to forearm, arm, hand, etc. It made not a lot of sense. At this point I discovered Dr.Sarno's Book (1 week ago). Read it in 1 day, as well as with many other info. from the forum and success stories. It convinced me (partly) and I have been devouring TMS books and info since then. My most obvious TMS symptom (left wrist pain) dissapeared right away the next day, only by means of having read the book (amazing! I started believing). My right wrist pain has been decreasing substantially. I went back to League of Legends gaming after 1 month without playing and it feels better. I still have a bit of pain in the mornings and during the day, but not a lot and I can develop all activities at work and at home without any problem. I guess it is harder to heal because it appeared during a typing marathon and for my rational mind it is being hard to unattach it from that event. My tendonitis in my non-operated foot is persisting and I still have some after-surgery pain in my operated foot. I am half-way waiting if it subsides or keeps at the same level of pain to evaluate if it is getting a "chronic" state, which would mean that it is related to TMS. I guess I will have to work harder with my feet in order to recover. I will need more time to evaluate it. Now: I wake up in the mornings feeling "anxious" or "nervous" about work or life in general, even if I don't have important appointments during the day. I would appreciate if someone could suggest some readings on a more nerves, anxiety approach to deal with these facts. I think this attitude of mine of people-pleasing and perfectionism is causing it to me. (As well as conflict-avoiding, legalist,...) I would love to take it easier, but I need some help with that, as I don't know how to do it. I am really happy because I discovered this forum and all kind of TMS related stuff which is helping me understand what has been going on in my life, but I still need help on how to deal with it to reach a more relaxed, calm and positive approach to life. Thanks a lot to all!