Hello everyone, this is my first time sharing my story so sorry about the long post. I write this post because I was inspired by @ezer and others that cured themselves of their pelvic pain using the mind-body approach. I have been battling chronic pelvic pain with pudendal/levator ani symptoms for almost half my life and I'm 31. I always had high anxiety in my daily life with a lot of negative and catastrophic thinking. Never been much of a positive person. So all these states of mind preceded my onset of pain and symptoms. My pain is in the rectal area. When I started noticing it, 14 years ago after a constipation episode I begun to tighten up my butt, probably as a response to the pain. Went to a pain specialist and was diagnosed with CPPS. In 2014 I discovered the Pudendal HOPE forum and read about pudendal neuralgia. My symptoms matched what was described there and felt worse after. This year I tried to relax my pelvic area but I can't seem to do it. If I let go, after all these years of clenched-tight pelvic area, the sharp and more intense pain appears. Basically along the pudendal nerve. I recently read Sarno's books and decided to just let go of squeezing my butt. This put me in the biggest flare-up ever. And I even developed new symptoms - I can't stand still without tightness in my feet above the knees, which sends my pelvic area into spasm. - Then my abdominal muscles started to spasm and breathing through the diaphragm intensified it even more - Somehow the spasm in the abdomen is connected with the one inside the pelvis and each one makes the other even worse. This new pain level sent my body in fight-flight mode with spasms and tightness all over my body. I tried to treat this psychologically rather than physically but the new level of pain completely knocked me down into submission. I know Sarno and the TMS approach states that you mustn't focus on pain and just let go but it's hard when it's actually worse when you try to let go. Did anyone else got worse before they get better when doing the TMS approach? How did you manage focusing on emotions or psychologically while dealing with a lot of pain? Would like to know more about your experiences with breaking the pain cycle.