Hi everyone. I've been suffering with Hand pain for the last 16 months or so. About 2.5 months ago, a doctor told me my condition was likely psychosomatic, as all tests I've done have come back benign. The next morning, the pain in my right thumb cleared up COMPLETELY for about 2 weeks, and my average pain level decreased notably. Since then, I've read Mindbody Perscription, Healing Back Pain, and Think Away Your Pain. I'm about 10 days into Schrechter's "The Mindbody Workbook." I'm progressing but there are some concepts and situations I'm struggling with, so I'm hoping to get some advice and clarifications here. 1. When I work on a computer and use my hands, the pain I feel increases and "builds up" through the course of the week. If I then take a few days to not use my computer, the pain goes back down. Does this fit within the TMS model? If the pain is from TMS, why does additional use make it worse? 2. My hands almost always hurt to some degree. I struggle to "Think psychological, not physical at ALL times." Sometimes I need to stop an activity because it hurts too much. Sometimes I need to ice my hands to relieve the pain. Is that acceptable, or "against the rules?" 3. When I'm at the office and in pain, I'll go over the evidence I have suggesting the pain is TMS, and try to figure out the emotional trigger. However, I do need to work, so whether or not I find the answer I'll stop after a minute or two and continue my tasks. Is that the correct strategy? Please let me know if you have advice or answers. Thanks in advance!