Hi everyone, As my back was feeling so much better last week, I did what I was afraid to do for some time, i.e. went running. I don't run much usually, and only on even surfaces, but I'm an avid climber and hiker, so not a couch potato. This time I went running in a forest and there was a lot of going uphill and downhill. I had some minor pain in my knees when going downhill but it had happened before - in fact, knee pain while running was one of my first TMS-equivalents 10 years ago or so. So I just ignored it. The same day I walked maybe for 3-4 hours (this is normal for me : as I said, I love hiking). The day after, the pain in my knees was a little more noticeable, but I figured this was normal given that I hadn't run for 2 or 3 months. And the day after this one, I woke up with a lot of pain in my right knee, but went bouldering nonetheless, treating this as TMS. I ended up with limping on the walk home. I went to the doctor and had X-rays done, my bones look perfect. Tomorrow I'm going back to my doc and he will do an ultrasound. My knee is red, hot and swollen. I suspect it's some kind of patellar tendonitis. Basically this seems like a real injury due to (stupidly) overexercizing in a way I wasn't accustomed to (running up and downs). But I've always seen the little twinges in my knees as TMS and it seemed to work just like that. Plus this is kinda suspicious to me, as my back pain of 2 weeks just disappeared the night before after reading some TMS success stories. I remember on my first Sarno bout, I went running and my knee started to ache after 15 minutes or so, I got mad at my brain and the pain just stopped. SO my question is : can TMS, i.e. oxygen deprivation, makes you more susceptible to real injuries ? Like, not getting enough blood/oxygen making the tendons and ligaments less supple ? My right leg is the leg where I always get the most TMS-equivalents (cramping, sciatica and other random pains), and bam, right knee is injured but left one is perfectly fine. Asking this in order to try and guard my mind against the BS my doc will probably say tomorrow. He's a sports physician and I'm sure he will tell me this is because of my spine, my shorter leg, I need to wear shoes inserts, etc. etc. Osteopaths have always told me these things, but thanks to Dr. Sarno I know these are normal abnormalities.