It's been awhile since I've posted anything here, so before I begin let me fill you in on my background. My main symptoms (which have gone on for 10 years now) are neck pain and severe muscle rigidity throughout my body, especially in my limbs, which have a tendency to lock up on me several times a day. Plus my whole body feels like it's being squeezed in a vise. Nothing I've tried has helped, beyond providing some minor relief at first, then fails to do anything. About a month ago I decided to give EFT tapping a try. Due to my inflexibility, it is difficult to do more than one or two rounds at a time, but even with that small amount a few times a day I've had some curious results. When I do a round, one of three things happens. A wonderful sense of calm will come over me as if a weight has been lifted. The intensity of the feeling varies, but it always feels wonderful. This is often, but not always accompanied by small (like 10%) improvements in my range of motion lasting anywhere from a couple minutes to an hour or more. In fact, the second day it lasted for half a day, but I have not been able to repeat that. Nothing changes. Essentially a neutral result. I get more tense. The first two happen in roughly equal amounts, while the third happens less often. Before I started tapping I perceived my repressed emotions as a string of chronological events. Tapping has helped me see they're really a complex interconnected web. It's difficult to describe in words, but I spontaneously see new connections while I'm tapping. What an eye opener! Another wonderful thing happened. My overall attitude towards life improved. I was having fewer mood swings of reduced intensity and shorter duration. However, during the past 3-4 days this effect has reverted to my pre-tapping crappy "I'm sick of this pain" attitude. Is this to be expected? Unlike other things I tried, which involved a lot of effort with little or no reward, tapping is really easy, and the benefits, small as they have been, have vastly exceeded the effort I put into it. There has also been a down side, though. The slightest stressful thought now makes my muscles feel even more tense than ever before. I'm thinking this might be some sort of rebellion on the part of my subconscious. Not sure, though. Since tapping is so easy and provides some real benefits, I'm willing to stick with it. But I'm starting to worry that it will end up in the pile of things-I-tried-that-helped-at-first-but-then-did-nothing.