I have little trouble accepting that TMS is responsible for my GI issues, but the food sensitivities and chronic fatigue are giving me a run for my money. I can get rid of headaches, quell my stomach, talk down my anxiety... but this fatigue! I have tried making a list of all the things that the fatigue has prevented me from doing and I have come up with the thought that maybe it's my subconscious making an excuse to avoid doing things I don't want to do. Like a people-pleasing defense mechanism. Instead of telling someone "No, I'd rather not do this/hang out with you/whatever" I just tell them I am too tired. I also get to leave functions early, control my work schedule, etc... I wonder if it's a mechanism to maintain autonomy? As far as the food sensitivities are concerned, I had an epiphany. I used to be very overweight (I lost 70 pounds) and am terrified of gaining it back. I know that I don't have my overeating tendencies under control, so I was wondering if perhaps my subconscious developed this mechanism as a way to curb overeating. If I am scared of gaining weight due to overeating, then it would make sense to create reasons why I "can't" eat certain things, right? I think it might also be connected to the fatigue, in that whenever I go to the gym it seems like I need a couple days to recover and then I'm scared of the recovery time and just don't go some days. Up until last June I was going to the gym 5 days a week (that's how I lost the weight initially along with cutting calories). I know now that the gym was one of my avoidance tactics (anxiety) so now I think I am on some level frightened of going to the gym. I KNOW my GI symptoms have had a tendency to flare up around the gym to prevent me from going... So being scared of the gym, it also makes sense that the fatigue would be another tactic to prevent me from working out as well.