Hi, All, I learned about TMS and started working on my symptoms last January. I unearthed a lot of repressed rage and saw my low back pain ease up as well as the miserable cramping in my gluteus muscles. I'm dealing with some ongoing unpleasant emotions at the moment--depression and frustration--and am aiming to be honest about it all and bring it into consciousness. Insights come and go and I am continually having to confront a deep-seated sense of inadequacy, which may be at the heart of my pain. During this time I've been experiencing a great deal of painful tightness in my butt muscles and hip flexors. The cramping causes--or goes along with--shifting low back pain to either side. Sometimes I can talk to it and get it fade. Other times, it's like talking a brick wall. The whole process has been trying, time-consuming, and dispiriting. Have to work hard not to feel despairing and project into the future, etc. While in pain, I've recently resorted to using a couple of massage tools for relief. I've done this after doing all of the journaling and self talk, and meditating, etc. Am I correct in thinking this is a counterproductive strategy (and someone's going to send me TMS jail)? :O Maybe I just need to say to the symptom, Screw it, and just let it hurt and go do something(?) Have done that with occasional success. Just isn't clearing things up... I'm curious--do any of you have this sort of TMS symptom, this intense tightening of your glutes and hips? In my case some of it might be heightened by a foot injury I've been recovering from since last November (still can't walk properly) but I suspect it's primarily a TMS symptom. If you get this symptom and it sticks around for days into weeks, how do you deal with the actual pain (when it persists) as you are dealing with the condition of TMS itself? I'm all ears. Thanks!