I thought I'd post a new thread here, since I have a few questions for (former) fellow sufferers of fibro/TMS. I need to clarify a few things before I can fully devote myself to starting SEP. 1) According to Dr. Sarno, TMS results from mild oxygen deprivation which can affect muscles/tendons/the nerves, etc. However, I've seen several posts in the forum that seem to stand in compliance with the 'central sensitization' point of view regarding the disease, i.e., that the problem lies in the brain itself, since it amplifies pain signals and wreaks havoc with the nervous system. It does sound more like neurological thing, especially with the multitude of symptoms that are often experienced by fibro sufferers (my own including light sensitivity, fatigue. brain fog and messed up menstrual cycles). So is it 'mere' oxygen deprivation or the overactive nervous system? Or maybe some parts of the bain do not work properly in fibromyalgia sufferers? What's your opinion? 2) I've heard about cases of fibro in children. Doesn't that mean it can't be related to repressed emotions? What about cases in which fibro runs in families? Shouldn't have listened to all the nocebos. Information overload can be deadly for the acceptance of TMS diagnosis. Background info: I think I'm stuck in the 'I-want-to-believe-I-have-TMS-but-I'm-not-sure' phase. Fibromyalgia has been confirmed by a neurologist fairly recently. The first symptoms appeared about 8 months ago. At first, I started having panic attacks insomnia and neck pain. Shrotly after, the pain spreaded to other parts of the body. Prior to the malady, I was exposed to tremendous stress associated with taking care of my bipolar mother (once every couple of years she goes into a severe psychotic state). This coincided with the last semester in college as a part-time student. So, apart from having to look after my mom and working full-time, I had to focus on finishing my M.A. thesis, which was later described as 'outstanding' by the supervisor. (Does that sound familiar to anyone? Hello, perfectionism!). Current stressors are associated with the decision about moving out with my fiance. I am not sure how my mother will take it, since I've been the only person to support her,both, finacially and emotionally. I'm also worried that severe stress may tigger a manic episode in her. Sorry for the long post and thanks to everyone who managed to read this.