pspa, Yesterday at 8:38 PM "Obviously I have no knowledge of Tom's particular case, but as a general matter don't TMS doctors and other authors identify arthritis as a TMS symptom/equivalent? I am pretty sure I saw that in Steve Ozanich's book if not one of Dr. Sarno's?" Sometimes yes & and sometimes NO! After attending "ARTHRITIS WEEK" at a fancy schmantsy fat farm in AZ. a few years back, ( by the end of the week I could hardly wait to race out of there--they had a "sleep-disorders-center", it was the early days of a new dis-ease: "sleep-apnea", needed to fill expensive beds, and wanted to get me to "sleep-over" for another week.) I learned that "arthritis" was a hodge-podge conglomearation of at least a hundred dis-eases. They have no idea what causes it, how to treat it or how to cure it. Rheumatology was founded as a specialty, and the the rheumy dox were handed "arthritis'es" by default. I did learn that rheumatism was a much more severe disease that got lumped into the purview of the rheumatolgists. There were three or four arthritis-expert docs there, who had all written books. The doc who wrote the book popularizing glucoseamin chondroitin-- which has since been debunked--was also there, a very likable guy. I probably swallowed a 30 gal garbage can full of glucosamin-chondroitin by the time I threw all my supplements out. I did win the resort's tennis tournament, and have the t-shirt to document it. They did have underwater treadmills in their pool which was cool, and the food was really good!-- you were guaranteed to lose 5 lbs. a week no matter how much you ate. Would go back there--but not to cure anything--maybe they'll give me a free week if I lead a TMS week.