I can really relate to this post, and it has been one of the major players in my getting well and TMS sticking around. I have it licked about 85-90% I'd say, but the stress, which creates the emotions, such as fear, anger, sadness, is sometimes forced back down, when it comes to familal relationships and triggers that seemingly come out of nowhere that precipates the pain. Its a cyclical process that can sneak up on you when you least expect it - or want it. For example: I am month two into my new job of being a writer for a local company. I type 8 hours a day, (a feat that took me years to accomplish) and some days, I just grin because of meeting that goal. But just a few days ago, I had a crown placed at the dentist, and she couldn't get my mouth numb. It took 10 shots to finally numb it, but in between that time, I felt the pian. The trigger was also that I write content for dentist offices and have learned more than I wanted to know about procedures. I already have a dental phobia, because of some past traumatic experiences with a dentist. This just flared it up, and that night, I felt sick to my stomach, and for the last few days, heartburn has been pretty bad. Of course, for a day, I started into my old habit of thinking something was wrong - until I figured out thr trigger and gently told my brain there is no need to overeact and it could calm down. (which it now has) Point is, feel your feelings, process them, and move on. Try to not get stuck in the same habit pattern, which is easier said than done, but it works. I have done more this year than I have done in 20 years, even with a "frozen shoulder," "chostochondritis," "hiatal hernia," "IBS," et, al. Has the anxiety reared its ugly head? Oh yes - but, I now have the tools to control it, feel the emotion attached to it, let my brain know it's not dangerous, and move on, just as I did with the pain. Once that process is in motion, you can lick just about anything!