I heard a lot of disheartening things from doctors over the course of my treatment for chronic wrist and arm pain. The first thing I was told was to rest my hands, stretch my arms more, and brace my wrists while working. This seemed logical at the time, but it did nothing to help relieve symptoms and cemented a pattern of pain that occurred every time I was at a computer. I thought about protecting my wrists and improving my posture all the time. People still reinforce this idea constantly, so it's difficult for me to let go of this. As I visited other doctors, I heard all sorts of advice and I tried a lot of things that didn't help. I had MRIs and other nerve testing done, and everything appeared normal. The most disheartening thing to hear was that no doctor could really tell me why I was experiencing the pain. I felt like I couldn't explain my situation to my work until I knew what exactly was going on. I was desperate for some sort of explanation. Eventually, a doctor diagnosed me with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, which led me down a path towards surgery. I was mostly just relieved that there was a name for what I was experiencing and a clear path towards recovery. The surgery ultimately did not fix my pain, but did cause me to make a lot of major changes in my life. I just wish someone had presented me the information, validation, and tools to learn about TMS earlier.