Recently, I made a sudden improvement with my neck and shoulder pain and my insomnia, which have my most problematic TMS-related symptoms. I'd been in a really bad place for a while, then made the decision that I was going to try my best to enjoy my life despite my symptoms and in a matter of just a few days, saw a big improvement in my mood and all of my physical issues, as well. For the first time in months, I slept a solid 6 hours and was really thrilled! Then, the very next day, I suddenly started getting pain in my right hand (mainly my thumb) and wrist and some mild pain in my left thumb. I hadn't had a history of wrist or hand problems, just a popping noise in my right wrist that wasn't accompanied by any sort of pain. A while ago, I'd had a consult with a rheumatologist (some of my chronic pain problems had been attributed to osteoarthritis from an injury that had never healed properly) and while I was there, he did a thorough check of all my joints. He noticed that the MCP joints in both of my thumbs have absolutely no range of motion--at all. It's like they are fused together or something. The doc made a rather big deal about it, but I insisted to him that I'd never had any pain in those joints and that it was fine, then pretty much pushed it out of my mind for a few weeks and told myself it was just a congenital abnormality or something. I was actually planning to cancel the follow-up appointment I have coming up with him next week. In learning about TMS recently and realizing that I am someone who always has to have something to worry about, I really think that this sudden onset of pain has come about just as I'm starting to make progress, in order to keep me focused on my body. And, I think that doctor's comments about my thumbs had scared me on some level and that's why my mind chose this particular form for the pain this time around. But, in talking about this new problem with some other people, I've been told that I should keep my rheumatologist appointment to be checked out for arthritis, both rheumatoid and osteo. And, that those are serious health problems and ignoring them is being "reckless" with my health. I'd agree, except that I think spending the next few weeks waiting to see the doc and then for any test results could be a big step backwards in terms of the progress I've made. I realize no one is able to give me medical advice and am not asking for it, but am curious as to what you might do yourself, if you were in my position. I've already heard from people who think TMS is bunk, so I'd like to hear from some experienced TMS-ers, just to sort of balance things out. Thanks!