Hello all, I am 23 years old and I have been suffering from paresthesias and neuropathy-like symptoms 24/7 (tingling, buzzing, prickly, crawly, itchy, hot sparks, electricity, pins and needles, sharp/stabbing, vibrating) in both my feet for 16 months now, after some major traumatic experiences occurred in my life last summer. I initially came across TMS last year but I decided not to go through with the treatment protocol because I was already working with another therapy group to manage my anxiety. Long story short, I have received a full work-up from numerous physicians and specialists and I don't have any tissue or structural damage. All my symptoms are due to stress/anxiety, the doctors say. There was a time earlier this year, for a period of a few months, when I learned to contain my fears of my symptoms and I could go about my days without responding to my symptoms with fear. During these months I did fairly well, and I didn't have any panic attacks for a while. However, starting in Aug. 2015, I began to have severe panic attacks again and I quickly spiraled downward into severe anxiety and depression regarding my symptoms, as I was frustrated that they were not improving. Truthfully, I have had many stressors in my life during the past 16 months which I believe have hindered my recovery. My struggle right now is that even after 16 months, I am still afraid of my symptoms. I believe 100% that I have TMS and that I do not have any actual nerve damage or other disease, but still my symptoms feel so bad that they scare me. Often when my feet flare up, I will have an involuntary panic attack. I don't even have time to employ my strategies before I start to panic -- the panic immediately follows the symptoms. How does one overcome fear of the symptoms? What has worked for you? I am afraid of how bad the symptoms feel, and what they mean for my future... (I could continue to rant but will stop here). Any advice is greatly appreciated.