Hi everyone, I have been following Dr. Sarnos method for three months now and my back pain is constantly getting better. That`s amazing and I am sure I will regain my old shape, even if it takes some time. I developed some knee pain which I do not take seriously (symptom imperative). Now something very frustrating has turned up: I had a session at the dentist where I had to open my mouth widely for a long time. Afterwards the muscles felt strained and I had trouble eating. So a few days later I went to an osteo for some relief and that was not a good idea: she manipulated my jaw to intensely and the problem got even worse. I told myself: this is going to get better, just give it time- but after a week I still couldn`t eat properly. So last week I went to my PT who is excellent if you actually have a physical issue. She told me my jaw was probably just irritated by the intense treatment before. She gave me a very careful treatment but it didn`t help. It feels like my jaw is struggling to get into its old position and that puts enormous pressure on all the muscles involved. Interesting enough it doesn`t really hurt, I simply cannot open my mouth properly. All of my joints are clicking and driving me crazy. I`ll have one more session with my PT. She is very good and if there is anything physically wrong I am sure she can solve it. If she cannot it must be TMS. Today for the first time I felt some relief and I am trying to be patient. I have been asking myself if this might just be a wicked way of TMS trying to stick with me. Talking to my brain, however, did not work in this case. It gives me a deep terrifying feeling of panic not beeing able to speak and eat normally. So this is how I am handling it: 1. I forbid myself to read about jaw conditions on the internet. I do not want to read scary stories and I also know that TMJ and such can be part of TMS, so why bother? 2. By telling myself that I am certainly not seriously injured and there is no long-term damage involved. I will only get further examination if there is no other way. 3. Even if I cannot figure out how much of it is TMS, I will continue my daily TMS work, so if it is the brain trying to use an actual temporary issue for creating a new permanent distraction I will not let it. 4. I am telling myself that a strained joint and sore muscles can take some time to get back to normal, and as we all know "The body heals." 5. I`ll look closely on current emotional problems. The jaw reacts very much to psychological pressure, that`s for sure. 6. By not talking to many people about it, because whenever I told somenone about my back history I heard things like "Oh my God, my boyfriend/cousin/ mother also had sooo much pain and woke up paralized one morning etc." - just the kind of things which freak you out even more. So if anyone has some positive inspirational thoughts on this topic I`ll be glad to read them!