The start of my problems started about 8 months ago. I woke up with terrible pain in my right hand, this followed some heavy work I had been doing carrying logs and wheel barrowing them for a few days. I have been doing this work for many years so it was nothing new. I went to casualty as the pain was so bad. They did a visual diagnosis and concluded it was probably tendinitis, gave me naproxen (anti inflammatory) and sent me home, after a day or two the pain subsided. Also I'm a musician so between my job and hobbies I use my hands a great deal. I wasnt totally happy with the diagnosis And sought a second opinion from my gp, again I was given a visual diagnosis and the gp agreed with the original diagnosis. Then I had a reoccurrence in my other hand a month or so later. This I felt may have had something to do with the fact that I did lots of guitar practice over a relatively short period of time. ( even though I have played as many as 32 consecutive gigs in the not to distant past without any adverse effects) as I'm in the musicians union, they have a number of clinicians and gp's who specialise in music based injuries. I booked an appointment and saw a professional who after a more thorough examination also felt it was probably tendonitis.. Since all these episodes I have tried to be very mindful about the tasks I have to carry out day to day, this has made a subtle difference.. However if I forget and dive into physical work without thinking, I invariably suffer. Prior to all this happening I used to go to the gym 4 times a week cycle 80 miles per wk and had an active life, when I was first seen it was the doctors opinion that I should stop going the gym and generally ease off. After yet another episode I went back to the doctor,I explained I would be happier if this problem could be investigated further. He felt sending me for blood tests would be a first step, all came back fine, apart from one which was inconclusive re arthritis, so he wanted to and me for another more detailed one (CRP) I also asked how they could rule out RSI or carpal just by visual diagnosis ? He said they couldn't and I'm now awaiting nerve conduction tests and an appointment with a rheumatologist even though he is not sure I have it ? I have been under a lot of stress and had various distressing events, consistently over the last 8 years or so. I have instinctively felt a need to communicate these things with a therapist and expressed this to my doctor/GP who could provide no help, as im on a low income I cant stretch to private therapy, I guess I just cope. But it feels like my mind has stepped in and stopped me by producing these pains, or at least that's what I hope. I have only just started reading one of John Sarno's books in the hope that I can get on top of this thing, which has robbed me of doing all the things I love. So far I can really identify with many of the things in the book, so i'm hopefull, I just hope I can do the work myself. Would be interested to know if many of the sufferers here had to have therapy to get the full benefit, or what would constitute the need for a therapist ? Well maybe when I've read the book, all will be revealed. Looking forward to getting my life back..