I have been taking Ritalin for about 6 years now, and it has been pretty darn effective as a treatment for my attention/focus issues. I hesitate to label it 'ADD', because it is more than likely my problems with attention were the direct result of a combination of TMS & chemical imbalances originally caused by other medications, malnutrition, etc., but the result is the same. Forgetting for a moment all of the reasons why long-term dependency on this type of medication isn't ideal, I have recently become very interested in the connection between the drug & my TMS/low-back pain. Quick background….I’ve worked in IT for 20 yrs and it became impossible for me to sit upright at a desk for an 8-hour work day a long time ago. These days I spend most of my working hours in a reclined/zero-gravity position. When I was practicing progressive relaxation a while back, I started to become much more aware of specific muscles and especially what I was doing with my lower back. I realized that I was tightening that area unconsciously throughout the day, even when in a reclined position watching TV. This is no doubt a huge factor in my chronic low-back pain. Even though I am aware of it now, I still catch myself doing it all the time for no apparent reason. Here’s where it gets a little confusing… Is it the TMS that causes me to unconsciously tighten the muscles, knowing that it will result in pain and therefore create the distraction my brain needs? That feels a little too devious…could my own brain be that passive aggressive? During a couple of weeks off of the Ritalin, my back pain improved quite a bit. It is hard to draw a direct link because I was also on a lot of Prednisone at the time, which likely had a much greater impact. However I noticed that I am definitely tightening the low-back muscles much more frequently while under the influence of the Ritalin. I am starting to consider whether this could be a huge factor in what’s causing my back pain, and am looking for any advice on how to train my brain/muscles to stop doing this. Going off of the medication isn’t realistic right now (though I would like to slowly get rid of it), so I need to figure out how to train my subconscious to cut it out! Any input/advice/shared related experiences appreciated!