Hi all, So day one of the SEP - eek! I feel nervous and excited at the same time. Nervous because I really want this to work for me...and excited because if it does WOW my whole life could change. My pain started as lower back pain with sciatica at aged 22 at a really very stressful time of life. I got on the train one day and my back was fine. Got off it and I could barely walk. At the time I believed that leaning to cuddle my boyfriend as I sat next to him during the long journey had somehow strained my back. And so the fear of never being able to walk properly again and trips to the chiropractor commenced... A couple of months later I started experiencing pain when inserting tampons and woke up the next morning to burning clitoral pain (nice!) which gradually spread to the whole of my vulva. It took a year for me to get diagnosed with vulvodynia and I was told 'we don't know what causes this type of pain. It is a life limiting condition that you will have to get used to.' I was heartbroken. Believing the back pain and the vulva pain were connected, I decided to try and 'strengthen my back' and so I went to a pilates class. Whilst bending over to do one of the stretches I felt a sharp sudden pull on the left hand of my coccyx and that's when the anal pain began (double nice!) 18 months into the vulva pain I stared experience bladder symptoms (IC). I have been living with these symptoms for 8 long years now. They have cost me my relationship and my job - I feel as though they have robbed my of my 20s and they chance to build an independent life for myself. Looking back I think I have had various forms of TMS from my late teens onwards. Insomnia, hyperhydrosis, sensitive hearing and problems with tinnitus, Raynauds Syndome (just in one finger!), period pain etc but my current symptoms are by far the most upsetting, challenging and life restricting. As much as I would love this pain to be TMS rather than something physically wrong with me, my uncertainty with thinking in is TMS is because vulva pain is not featured greatly in TMS literature. It is also partly because I have had two 'muscle pull' incidents with this pain where I have felt like something has physically pulled and because one of my major symptoms is swelling. I have completed the bit at the bottom of Day 1 that says 'For me life without TMS would mean...' and for me it would mean FREEDOM!! Freedom to live, freedom to love, freedom to enjoy, freedom to be me! I life without TMS would mean my life would really be worth living! Any advice would be so much appreciated! Thank you in advance.