I dont know if anybody else has experienced this Im thinking that the brain associates stressful situations with certain parts of the body that you may be hypersensitive to and thats where pain arises. This theory stems from the fact that whenever I am stressed out about something, even if it's something I dont feel conciously stressed out about, I feel the pain symptoms in my eyes. I think over the last few years I've learned to associate it like this: When I am stressed I will feel pain and that pain will be in my eye muscles. So now whenever I get into a situation that I find stressful the place where I feel pain is in the eye muscles. An example was last week I went to a meeting, a pretty high profile one, with a big client and I wasn't super consciously nervous about it but I know i had nervous feelings inside and fear of having to sit at a table with all of these people and talk with them. I generally have social anxiety in any situation with people like this. I had a lot of symptoms in my eyes that day even though I hadn't been on the computer or done anything visually strenuous. This further proves the fact that the stress I feel translates into pain in my eyes. Why is this though? Why have my eyes been chosen as the place where my body turns emotional stress into painful symptoms? I think back and the two body parts that I experienced chronic pain in in the last 7 years were my feet and my eyes. Both were essential body parts that I needed to fulfill my job duties. For the first job I had to stand on my feet to get the job done. That is where my symptoms began. The job I currently have requires my eyes for use all day as a web designer. I believe through conditioning and fear is why my symptoms appear in these body parts. Because they are essential to my job tasks, I fear them hurting and being in danger so I worry about them. The more I worry about them the more I fear it. Then when stressful situtations occur I think inside "My eyes are probably going to hurt from this" which further intensifies the problem. I read in one of the TMS books somewhere that pain can be by association. If somebody tells you "typing causes wrist pain" your brain will use that as the place to create pain for you and thereby you fear it. The problem is even more prevalent when that is the main body part you need to do your job. Anybody have any thoughts on this? It can't be just coincidence that the two places where I developed chronic pain syndromes were the two body parts I needed to do my job. The fear set in like "if my eyes keep hurting like this I may be forced to quit" and the same thing happened with my feet "if my feet keep hurting like this i'll have to quit" and that job I eventually did end up quitting because the pain became too much. I appreciate anybody's thoughts on this because I think it rings true. Especially when internet sites, doctors, and other people tell you that "computers cause eye strain" and stuff like that, that kind of thing goes deep into your subconscious as something to fear. I just talked to my girlfriends stepmom, shes like 45 years old and works on the computer 8 hours a day, wears contacts, and has no eye troubles on the computer at all. Im 25 and I work the same amount of hours on the computer yet I get all of these eye symptoms. There is something odd about this... somebody who has worse eyesight than me, has presbyopia where it makes it hard for her to see up close due to her age, and she doesn't have any eye troubles when working on the computer for 8 hours. Something is amiss here.