Well I made it through my first week and the pain in my elbows has actually been manageable despite me starting to type again for full work days and use the mouse with my right hand again. Likewise, I've managed a one pound weight lifting session and ceased a lot of automated protective behaviors, like using two hands to carry anything substantial. I additionally stopped the NSAIDS and capsaicin cream, although the lady-friend has yet to express her appreciation at no longer waking up to stinging skin/eyes from bedsheet transfers. Hmph! I am impressed with the progress despite my general skepticism and paranoia of multicollinearity driving this week long trend. I swear multicollinearity is like the Voldemort of the chronic pain world. Every time I tell people I tried X, Y, Z to treat the problem, even if they don't ask, I'm thinking, HOWEVER, it's possible X, Y, Z didn't work because I didn't control for A, B, C. And then guilt over the lack of rigor in my serial case studies triggers shame and you know the rest… My question for the subforum is how do you deal in the moment with throbbing pain or your heart racing? Re: surprise emotional seizures of ANS, I have tried identifying the emotion and its possible origins, or mindful meditation, but sometimes that just results in me laying there, endlessly breathing “into” the physiological location of the emotion (Spoiler alert: ALWAYS in the heart/chest/throat). Eventually I get bored and just accept that sleeping is out of the question and that work will just have to be accompanied by the autonomic equivalent of tinnitus. Likewise, with the pain, although I tell myself to ignore it and that the origins are not physical movement or position, it’s almost impossible for me to stop shifting, changing what I’m doing, or accommodating the pain. Any advice? Thanks for reading.