"What was the most disheartening thing a doctor has told you about your symptoms? In what ways have you kept that in your mind?" Luckily for me, the doctors never found anything. I say luckily because it might have made me more convinced it was a physical problem. I had an ultrasound and MRI on my shoulder which showed minor aberrations, or potential structural problems but nothing out of the ordinary. My GP couldn't find anything, but was sympathetic. The first orthopaedic surgeon I saw said there was nothing there and he said I was fine. The second identified a potential problem, but it was very tenuous and he wanted to just check out the area with surgery. I postponed it and luckily read Sarno's book before then. Despite all these visits I began to read a lot and speculate what I had wrong with me, it was almost like I wanted there to be something wrong with me. This excessive preoccupation and fear was clearly a distraction strategy, and it gained more power the more I read online about possible structural damage etc. It's ironic, the more the pain troubles you, the further away you go from it's true cause. I've always cared very much about what my body looked like, I used to be into bodybuilding and the gym was a huge part of my life. So it would make sense that the TMS focused on my hips and shoulders: distracting you from a main hobby is very distracting. Speaking of the gym, I went again today. Less pain. No hip pain, shoulder pain again down to 1. Felt a bit of elbow ache yesterday but cognizant of the fact that the pain is likely to move around.