Hi all, first post. I'm a chronic headache sufferer of about 4 years. 24/7, nonstop. The pain isn't unbearable, it's just incredibly annoying and makes it difficult to concentrate. I reached the dead end of conventional treatment earlier this year and was about to give up when I learned about Dr. Sarno and his books. After reading them, I became convinced I was suffering from TMS. (I also have a few other symptoms like plantar fisciitis, weak stomach, too frequent urination and sometimes overwhelming fatigue.) But the headaches are by far the most serious. I decided to supplement my recovery with a therapist and found one online that claimed to specialize in migraine and TMS treatment. I figured she was perfect. I expected to immediately dive right in with matters of suppressed anger, perfectionism, self-loathing and all the other usual suspects of TMS. But the therapist surprised me by insisting I follow a strict migraine diet. (For those that don't know, these diets are very strict indeed. Hugely limiting.) She also insisted I start taking nortriptyline for the headaches as well. A high dose. When I explained to her that I already tried both these things, she assured me it was because I didn't try them together for an extended period of time. When I asked how she knew I wasn't simply suffering from TMS, she gave a nondescript answer that I can't even remember and assured me this was the only way to treat my condition. I was crestfallen because I felt so determined to leave conventional treatment behind. I saw her for a few weeks then decided to discontinue our appointments. We just didn't have good chemistry talking together. I continued her advice afterward however, and even started seeing a chiropractor who diagnosed me with tension headaches. I fell back hard into the pattern of thinking physically. But a few weeks ago, I decided to attack journaling in a way I never have before. For an hour or two a day, I wrote about every suggested topic I could find on TMS websites. And within a couple weeks, I felt 70% better. It was amazing. I felt like I was getting my life back. I finally decided to stop the diet and medication as well as discontinue seeing the chiropractor. I felt like I had enough. I wanted to wholeheartedly embrace TMS. Unfortunately, I suffered a personal tragedy at exactly this time and had a relapse with my pain. (Like within a day of stopping the meds and diet. Talk about bad timing.) Then that old voice in my head started creeping back up, saying "maybe its both. Maybe you need to supplement TMS therapy with the diet and meds." So now I feel like I'm at a crossroads. I guess my question is what do you guys think? I know Dr. Sarno said somewhere that most food intolerance is TMS. And medication is frowned upon. But I can't help but wonder why that therapist who claimed to specialize in TMS treatment was so insistent. Would I still be doing fine had I not suffered a traumatic event? Will this relapse pass? Should I go back to the physical treatments as well? Did I just get unlucky by picking a terrible therapist or was she right? After all, she claimed to be a former migrainer herself and followed the same protocol of diet and meds. I'd be very curious to hear from someone who has experience with chronic headaches/migraine. I know the folks over at thedizzycook.com claim to have success with migraine diets. But is that placebo? I also hate the side effects of the nortriptyline and am not excited by the prospect of starting it back up. I'm not sure what to do. For now, I plan to simply start journaling daily again and not focus on the pain. I don't want to fear it and give it too much power. But man is it hard. Working/concentrating is incredibly difficult. I'd welcome any thoughts and feedback. Thank you so much in advance.