The most disheartening thing a doctor told me was that I have early onset arthritis, that I'm not a good candidate for surgery, and there's nothing they can do except try to manage the pain. I felt like after months of trying everything, this doctor was telling me that this pain is just part of my life now and I'm completely screwed. He said it with such casual authority that I didn't think to doubt him. I had arthritis, and that's all there was to it. It was so demoralizing. It took another 6 months before I found Sarno's work through the Curable app and I got hopeful again.