One of the biggest problems with having chronic pain is that it completely consumes our attention. When we are symptomatic all we think about is how much we hurt. During the brief times we do not have pain, all we think about is when will it come again. These thoughts, of course, only distract us and feed our TMS. I was combing through the wiki today and found this terrific Q&A with an Expert question that addresses this issue. It is answered by TMS therapist, Barbara Kline. the question is "I find myself obsessed with my symptoms sometimes. How do I break that obsession?" Barbara Kline is a licensed, certified, clinical social worker (LCSW-C) in the state of Maryland. She has a keen interest in mind/body medicine and specializes in working with clients suffering from chronic (non-cancerous) pain syndromes including back, neck, & shoulder pain; fibromyalgia, and other musculoskeletal disorders. She says "Having had a severe case of TMS myself, I'm pretty much an expert as I researched everything possible on the subject and was cured using Dr. Sarno's method. I also have had extensive coursework in the psychology of TMS.