I am a little confused about a certain aspect of Dr. Sarno's treatment program. He states that when you feel the pain coming on, you should force yourself not to be distracted by the pain and rather to think about the emotions. Sarno speaks of it as a kind of battle of the wills. Alan further elaborates on this here: http://www.tmswiki.org/ppd/TMS_Recovery_Program#Feel_Your_Feelings (TMS Recovery Program) The logical process Alan outlines above is _exactly_ what I used to do. After reading his post, I have started working on "feeling my feelings" - actually this is something I used to use in reverse even before I knew about TMS: For example, if i was in a meeting and started feeling my stomach knot I would be like: "Oh! there's something I need to pay attention to here - someone just said something that's bad for this project/me!". It actually works incredibly well!) Now, my problem is that my pain is fairly constant. It hurts whenever I stand, lie down in most positions, and after sitting for a medium period. I think I can identify certain feelings in my body that also seem fairly consistent (and that I would associate with anxiety): e.g.: stiff shoulders, tight chest. But finding some kind of cause and effect is beyond me. I find it hard to pin-point something _new_ that's bringing this on. I also can't really pin-point a type of short-term cause and effect (as some people seem to be able to do) - I can identify longer term trends and causations .. but it's not like: I procrastinated (often as a result of the pain), now my workload is massive and now the pain is worse (the pain tends to be rather consistently bad!). I guess what I'm trying to say is that I feel like I'm doing this wrong - but I can't work out what "doing it right" looks like. e.g.: * What if I can't identify / feel anything going on at the time when I'm feeling pain? Does that matter? .. or is it good enough just to be looking? * How exactly is one supposed to be looking? * am I looking for physical reactions to emotions in my body? .. or am I thinking about things that have happened in my life that are causing repressed emotions? An interesting aside: When logically working through my emotional issues - inevitably some of them are directly caused by the pain. I only recently clicked that that is the TMS working as it wants to. So now I've learned not to pay attention to those issues (is that correct?) Apologies, this ended up being a rather rambling post, but hopefully someone can comment or send me some links that might help me better understand how one should combat the pain in the moment by thinking psychologically rather than physically.