I've been plagued with TMS symptoms for as long as I can remember. In elementary school, it took the form of stomach pain and severe anxiety attacks. As I grew out of the anxiety attacks, back pain became stronger and stronger, and has hindered my way of life (to a great extent) for what is essentially my entire life. About two years ago, I read through John Sarno's book and believed (and still do) in his thoughts on the subject. I experienced relief for some time. However, the back/stomach pain slowly came back (and always occurs in tandem). Prior to reading Sarno's work, I had gone to many of the top doctors in NYC and undergone a litany of tests, all of which can be summed up by one particular specialist saying "I guess you'll just have to deal with it". I haven't followed up on the daily reminders/work Sarno recommends, which is likely the reason I haven't seen my success last permanently. I know with my history of TMS symptoms, I likely have very deeply repressed emotions and will not experience the cure some enjoy with a simple single read through. I've ordered a few of the other books recommended by other members here in an effort to re-engage my brain in the reality of the situation on a routine basis as opposed to reading the same book for a third time (which might work but I frankly find it too boring - and have in fact listened to his abridged audio book probably 6 times in the last year). So, with that brief background out of the way, on to the title of this post. I whole-heartily agree with the power of Dr. Sarno's "solution to the problem". However, I'm chronically guilty of over-thinking/analyzing situations (likely a significant component of my overall psyche that exposes me to the disorder in the first place). In one part of the Mindbody Prescription, Sarno indicates some of the more serious complexes, including certain types of cancer, may be TMS related. I've recently taken this thought to a disheartening conclusion, which is we are capable of giving ourselves serious medical conditions. I may have had this thought buried in my head since first reading Sarno's books, which could be hindering my progress as I'm obviously aware of it. I've done a great deal of reading, and haven't seen this particular thought discussed. I'd be appreciative of any insights on this. The brain obviously isn't rational, so what's to stop it from becoming aware it's capable of even more serious damage than back pain and in fact inflicting it?