I have chronic piriformis and leg pain (24/7) as well as occasional intense shoulder and knee pain. My question is this: In the past when I have ignored my shoulder and knee pain and continued physical activities the pain would escalate to the point where, in the case of shoulder pain, I just could not lift my arm for over a year or, in the case of knee pain, I could not walk without limping for many months. However, at the slightest onset of pain, if I "respected" the pain and limited my physical activities to avoid the pain then it would gradually subside in a few days to the point where I would be pain free. I've read that to conquer TMS you must ignore the pain when it tries to distract you. How can I do this when it essentially disables me and my experience has proven the opposite? Thanks for any help you can offer.