I've been struggling with shortness of breath, chest pains, and other breathing difficulties for almost nine months. I've been to several doctors (generalists, ENT, and most recently, a pulmonologist) as well as a ton of alternative therapies. They all tell me that my lungs are fine. Which should be a relief, but in fact it's frustrating, because I haven't known what to do. I've tried relaxation exercises, but they all have you focus on your breath. And that just makes me more anxious! Even though a symptom search didn't show up anything about my particular symptoms having anything to to with TMS, I still think this could describe my situation. I've had an incredibly public and stressful year, experiences a ton of hate and rejection and failure. I have also had for a much longer time a number of other symptoms that have connections to TMS, at least according to the folks here. These include: --tinnitis, since about a year ago. Audiologist says hearing is normal (actually worse in the ear I usually don't have it) -gastric reflux and esosinophilic esophagitus, GERD. I have had scopes done, the most recent one said my symptoms have recovered. I am on omeprazole in the morning and ranitidine at night. I've had these symptoms for about 15 years now. -allergies. I had these as a child, but they came back with a vengeance when I moved for Virginia, about my third year there. I did allergy shots, and these helped somewhat, but I am on zyrtec daily, even in the "off" season. When I returned to the west, they symptoms followed, and the past two years they have been worse than ever. I have been reading Shubiner's book (Unlearn Your Pain) and he says in there that allergies are different from MBS (his version of TMS), but I wonder... I had asthma and allergies as a child, but they went away when I became a teenager, only to come back. -generalized anxiety/panic disorder. These have come in result of the breathing problems aforementioned, but I dealt with anxiety a lot after moving away from home at 19. Those went into remission without any medication or therapy, just kind of forcing myself through it. All that to say I know I am prone to anxiety. For the most part, I haven't taken any medications for it, though my doctor has written prescriptions to both Xanax and Lexapro, but I haven't started taking it. I think that's a last resort, as I know those drugs are powerful and can change your brain, possibly. I am thankful to everyone who has been posting on here. I realize that my symptoms, as distressing as they have been to me, could be far, far worse. I am amazed what some of you have been through, and survived, and even recovered from. Bravo to you all!