Short version for those who avoid long reads : I have tennis elbow, forearm and hand RSI, depression and anxiety. My relationship to pain is awesome now . Pain free from the moment I read the book until a couple days later after 25+ hours of gaming. Pain comes and goes now in severity since then. Mostly it's hardly noticeable. Started lifting weights since yesterday, pain has increased a bit possibly coinciding with stress. Questions are surrounding that I'm convinced that TMS causes real damage and my understanding of dropping treatment in lieu of returning to activity to be a little counterproductive if you have faith in TMS either way. Thanks! Full version: My experience : Hey all, so let me start by saying this site is a miracle. I've seen so much success in a short amount of time which may be an exaggeration but just the change in relationship with the symptoms have been a huge help. I have tennis elbow and some nerve pain in arms and hands on both sides. These seemed to have been triggered by video gaming, web development and weight training. I also have had depression and anxiety for 6+ years. And am a self critical perfectionist in a few areas of my life. These symptoms came on slow in right elbow, then left shortly after. Everyone says you overcompensated. By doing what? Opening doors with my left arm, I think not. Seems to be what one arm gets, so does the other. I was conspicuous of this from the beginning so I considered it was coming from something other than my arms. Neck maybe, possibly now the brain. I still am convinced there is a level of real damage in there however. Halfway through reading Sarnos book I was pain free for an entire weekend while I gamed my heart out. Towards the end I had some hand pain but I was sitting there for 20+ hours. To be expected. I continued back to my regular life for a couple days with the pain coming and going. If I thought about my emotions it would dissipate and turn into a headache. If I thought about my arms and headache it would turn into foot pain. Seems very TMS esque. The past 2 days I was weightlifting again and today, I did the workouts that I knew would normally aggravate me. They did a little but probably due to the blood and lactic acid during workout and they subsided shortly after. BUT tonight on the drive home, which was a pretty stressful drive home between weather, crappy car problems and heat , the pain came and felt as expected for the workout and has been mostly present since. Also, my elbow is painful to the touch. It always has been, TMS training or not. Questions: 1. Is removing treatments such as acupuncture only suggested because they believe it's for people who need to be sold on the TMS concept? (Accupuncture restores bloodflow to parts of the body, I dont see why this would be good to do in adjunct. Also great stress reliever. Massage too) 2. Is it actually wise to return to your activities so quickly? Is there a level of intensity easing that's suggested or is it just, go for it, fight through increased pain? (To me it makes sense that the pain is increased since TMS has essentially caused damage to my elbow by restricting oxygen and blood) 3. Is depression and anxiety going to interfere with recovery? Thanks all!!