This question was submitted via our Ask a TMS Therapist program. To submit your question, click here. Question I've been working on my TMS recovery for about 18 months. After about a year of work, I was able to get rid of my chronic pain syndromes and eliminate all the medication I was taking for my symptoms. However, I still have some TMS equivalents that I'm working on, i.e. anxiety, depression, fatigue, and allergy symptoms. I'm just getting over a two-day major flare-up of TMS which literally put me in bed, where my unconscious threw about four major symptoms at me at once. About a day and a half into the flare-up, I finally realized that it was TMS. TMS had "overplayed its hand" and I realized it was unlikely that I was coincidentally having several medical conditions at once.It's hard to believe that I didn't get this sooner, but once I did, my symptoms were alleviated in a few hours and I was back to my normal level of TMS equivalents. So now I am trying to figure out what triggered this major flare-up, and why my unconscious was so desperate to distract me. This is my best guess, as nothing else was going on at the time: the afternoon before the flare-up I was reading this wonderful book by Thich Nhat Hahn on using mindfulness to address fear. So that evening when I went to bed I decided to use one of his mindfulness techniques to address this constant level of generalized anxiety I carry around. I attempted to really focus on the feelings and not push them away--embrace them so to speak. Eventually, I lost my focus and must have fallen asleep for awhile. Later, I woke up and began having my symptom flare-up. Yesterday I happened upon an interview with Tara Brach, PhD, mindfulness meditation expert and psychotherapist. She said that using mindfulness with people who have experienced trauma can cause "flooding" and result in re-traumatization. I wonder if my unconscious was trying to protect me from this by serving up a giant dose of TMS. I have long suspected that a childhood trauma has played a role in my TMS. At age 4 I had a serious playground accident that nearly severed my arm. The experience and the medical interventions that followed were traumatic, coupled with being in a family that did not tolerate expressions of emotion or neediness. I began having migraines shortly after this. I went to a therapist about a year ago who specialized in treating trauma with EMDR, and did about 5 sessions with no noticeable result. So my question is where do I go from here? Should I stop trying to use mindfulness techniques to address my anxiety, or do you feel this was not the trigger to my flare-up? Should I pursue more therapy to address possible past trauma, perhaps using another type of therapy, e.g. Somatic Experiencing? Your thoughts and advice are much appreciated.