The following was a post from tezzasponger on our wetpaint forum. I thought I would post it hear, so more people could be involved in the discussion. Hiya and Welcome to the wiki, Your story is pretty similar to a lot of other people with TMS. It sounds like TMS fed on the increases of stress you have had in your life, i.e. taking exams and moving overseas. These are both really trying times so it makes sense that you would develop symptoms then. It sounds like you are already having some success with the approach which is great. However, it also sounds like you are reinforcing the pain sometimes. By this I mean, having fear of picking up heavy objects or running on concrete. Can picking up heavy objects create pain? Yes, but the pain should go away fairly quickly, and most likely the main reason you have pain when you pick stuff up is because you fear that you will have pain. This is sort of the same thing with running on concerete. I would love to hear what the other runners have to say about this, but I tend to think that if you can play soccer and rugby you can run on any surface. The good news is that you are in the right place and you are going about this the right way. First, check out Breaking the Pain Cycle. It is a terrific article all about how to address the fear we have about our symptoms. Also, check out the Strucutred TMS Program and the Success Stories, specifically the Sciatica ones, we have. I had severe pain for over 18 years. If I can get better, you can get better.