In my first post 3 weeks ago, I talked about being a bit discouraged. I had a breakthrough last weekend during a journaling exercise, which led to two days that were almost completely pain-free. I've also had some good days this weekend. I've noticed that there is a definite correlation to my work schedule each week. My more painful days tend to be in the middle of the work week, when the pressure is high. On the weekends, when I can set work aside and the pressure lowers, I tend to have my better days. One ongoing point of frustration will sound silly, except to fellow TMS-sufferers. I still have pain triggered by sitting in my favorite place. This time of year, our front porch swing is my "happy place," both in the early morning and late afternoon. During the worst of my pain over the past two years, I would invariably have pain within 5 minutes of sitting down here. Of late, the pain hasn't been as predictable, but it still generally happens. I've found the same pattern to be true in my wintertime "happy place," in a rocker by the fireplace. Dr. Sarno talks about how one seat is as good as any other when it comes to back pain, and Alan Gordon talks about the pain being mentally conditioned. I believe them, but I'm still experiencing pain any time I sit in these places. Anyone have encouraging insights?