This question was submitted via our Ask a TMS Therapist program. To submit your question, click here. Question Hello. I've had RSI in both arms for nearly 3 months now. My pain started in my wrist a few hours after using a drawing tablet on my laptop. I was nearly at my wits end as I've tried everything (rest, splints, massage, medicine) to treat it and it only got worse as it spread into my shoulder. I had to skip my college semester this year because the pain was so bad. Then I came across TMS and decided to learn more about it. It makes a lot of sense to me since my wrist pain started in my left wrist even though I'm right-handed. I've always wondered why that was. So anyways 1) The muscles in my fingers, wrists, and forearm have a habit of tensing up when use my hands. The pain also radiates to my back sometimes What could I do to over come that? In terms of my thought process? 2) In regards to the steps, is it necessary I do the steps in order? I'm trying to type again first after avoiding it for 2 months, but I haven't completely addressed to emotional repressing part of my TMS. 3) Is reading a TMS book absolutely necessary? Can I just use the tms wiki/structure program and learn all I need to know and still recover? If I buy the book online I won't get it for a couple of weeks. And I want to start treatment right away. 4) My body seems to get nervous as I use my hands for repetitive motions like drawing or typing even if I'm not having pain (sweaty skin, pins and needles sensation, lump in throat). Is this a normal body response? 5) How do I go about writing in a journal? Do just write about unpleasant past experiences? Times I was unhappy? Or just any event that comes to mind?