My experience with CRPS support group was exactly the same as @miffybunny 's, @Miriam G. Bongiovanni 's and other posters with their respective groups. I think the issue with chronic pain sufferers, those with fibromyalgia and CFS included, is that they first are viewed as hypochondriacs who complain about non-existent symptoms, and so they have to defend themselves that their pain is for real. Then, after having defended themselves for so long, they cannot accept that the pain is "in their heads". It is a natural defensive mechanism for those who spent years defending themselves from suspicions. But once they are in, they are in all the way, as @HattieNC describes it, fully identified with their diagnosis. I had fibromyalgia symptoms on my way to recovery, but I was warned by Sarno's book that it is TMS, so I knew not to panic (well, in reality I did, but got over it). @JanAtheCPA is correct, patience and faith are truly the key. I also would like to warn about setting the timetable for your recovery: the more you try to set a goal to recover by certain date, the less likely you are going to succeed.