Two posts in one today... First, I've been wondering about this since I first started reading about TMS/MBS from Dr. Schubiner and Dr. Sarno. I understand the logic about the pain being a distraction from "dangerous" thoughts. However, in my experience, the pain is what eventually forced me to deal with them. If anything, my sickness (years of IBS then over a year of chronic fatigue syndrome) have kept bringing my repressed emotions closer to the surface. I kind of feel like the sickness was a warning from my brain, saying "I'm going to paralyze you until you deal with this because if you don't, it will destroy you!" Being sick is what brought me into therapy, and exposed my fear of my wife not believing in me. That was all pre-TMS. It doesn't really matter. Either way, the logic is the same about treatment. Acknowledge the emotions and deal with those you can, and the pain has no purpose anymore. I just find it an interesting question. Onto treatment, I think I have been experiencing extinction bursts since day 1. The first 3 days after reading about TMS, I felt a lot of my symptoms cycle in and out very quickly. None were bad. It was almost funny actually. Then, my brain gave up on all of the old symptoms and tried to convince me my back hurt because I moved a mattress (my dad hurt his back badly this way). That lasted a few days. Now, my brain is trying harder. I noticed my breathing problems getting a little worse again...then, the big one...IBS. I had IBS for over a decade. I "dealt" with it. Eventually it got so bad I got mono, then CFS, and ended up here. I find it easy to disregard the CFS symptoms as purely TMS. However, the bad bloating (I look about 7 months pregnant), the sluggish bowels, indigestion, these bring up a little more doubt. I keep hearing a voice in my head say "what did you eat?" After years of experimenting with diets and journaling to see what foods "bother" me, I realized there are no logical patterns. It's all my brain. Perhaps the best evidence is that for the first 10 days after I learned about TMS, my IBS was completely gone. Now, it is back despite me not having changed a thing in my diet, supplements etc. So, extinction burst it is! Still, I find myself looking for extra ways to purge the doubt. I am keeping up with the treatments, and reading Sarno and Schubiner, and repeating the truth to myself. Anything else I should be telling myself???