It's been a fantastic healing journey so far... One of the most important things I've learned is to not 'ruminate' on my symptoms! I feel like my various symptoms are 'testing' me one by one. For instance, just recently my left shoulder tightened up after an introductory martial arts class. This is a years-old symptom that has seen plenty of massage/chiropractic/stretching/you-name-it. My shoulder had been feeling pretty loose generally, but the next day after the class---BAM, the tightness was there. What was amazing for me was watching my thinking after the tightness showed up. How many times did I check in on my shoulder, or wonder if there wasn't something structural, or have fear about how the tightness would affect other activities? It was almost funny! But the difference was that I just watched those thoughts, didn't entertain them, and let them go. Is my shoulder tight now? I don't care! I actually think if you notice yourself constantly ruminating on, preoccupied with, or worrying about a symptom, then that actually proves that the symptom is TMS/PPD! Another win for me has been discovering my destructive thinking. Every so often I can feel some 'unhappiness' building in my unconscious, so I use Alan Gordon's technique of writing down any critical, pressure, or fear thoughts that I'm having. Just getting these down on paper seems to shift something for me. I've also learned about my issues with self-esteem, and I'm learning to recognize when I'm thinking some version of "I'm not good enough". Much of my destructive thinking boils down to "what will others think of me?". I've uncovered some emotions through journaling---some anger, shame, and grief. I feel like with the grief there is a lot more that I'm not feeling and that I'm kind of on the 'edge' of it. I'm often aware of a softness around my eyes that's like before you start crying, but there's no actual crying. It's been like this for a while, and I'm not sure how to dig deeper. I have a question about pushing through pain. Sometimes as I'm typing, the pain in my wrist and hand will worse and worse. As far as I can tell, there is often nothing 'going on' when this happens---it's just one of my TMS learned behaviors. My question is should I just 'push through' as some suggest and completely ignore the pain even when it's severe, or should I back off for a few minutes to let the pain subside and then come back to typing? That's all for now!