Because of my crazy medical history (posted THIS the other day), I see a few doctors each year for annual check-ups. These are necessary visits to make sure everything is OK after my cancer bouts. Last year my oncologist did her usual poking around and became alarmed at my neck & shoulder area. She suspected something was amiss and immediately ordered a CT scan of the area. I told her I thought it was tension (I didn't mention TMS), but she really thought something else was going on. Scan came back OK -- no trouble. The area in question was the upper trapezius area, which I now know is one of the areas Dr. Sarno targeted as a primary TMS spot. To calm this area down, I've done massages, chiropractic, acupuncture, yoga, meditation, trigger point therapy (on myself), ice, heat, anti-inflammatories, stretching -- just about everything that can be done, I've tried. This morning, after an especially awful nightmare, I woke up with this area (both sides, but especially my left) feeling like it was on fire. Sharp stinging pain. I can see now why the doctor thought something physical was going on. (In a way, something physical is going on -- but TMS seems to be the cause.) I mention my left side because it's also the left side of my neck that had a nodule appear 9 years ago -- one month after my father committed suicide and my life became beyond stressful at that time. (That nodule was also scanned and deemed harmless, though it's still there.) Anyone else have similar experiences? My first reaction this morning was panic that some dread disease was raging in my neck and shoulders, but when I stopped and thought about what got me so rattled (the nightmare, plus work stress, a dental/TMJ problem, and a difficult family situation earlier this week) -- I'm thinking it's just TMS, period.