This is a bit of a long rambling post, but I feel like I'm in a safe place to ramble! As some of you know I’m a guitarist and a play a solo guitar gig 2 nights a week 4 1/2 hours. I do this on average 3 out of every 4 weeks at this point. I have RSI problems with my hands. I’ve definitely seen progress since accepting the TMS diagnosis, so I’ve been gradually increasing normal activities with my hands, home improvement projects, stacking firewood, recording in my studio etc. I did a good amount of those activities last week and had a harder time playing this past weekend. In typical TMS fashion the problems I had were with my right hand/arm where as before the majority of symptoms have been with the left hand. I guess where I’m a little stuck is that I have fear that if I “overdo it” the TMS symptoms will resurface and prevent me from continuing to work. If you were in my position would you back off of other activities or keep increasing normal use of the hands? The second area where I’m having a problem is in accepting that this is 100% TMS. I guess the most convincing argument in the other direction is that I’m 61 I’ve been playing guitar daily for almost 49 years and it seems logical that as I’m getting older my hands have been used a lot, and I may just not be able to do what I used to do guitar playing wise. I know that is true in other areas of my life!! On the other hand I do have an evidence sheet that lists the changing, illogical, moving symptoms, how taking off work 3 months didn’t consistently help, getting worse with physical therapy, tests from doctors that couldn’t pinpoint any definite physical cause. I've also played guitar pain free all my life before the TMS problems. I think when I’ve read that I have to accept this 100% for it to work, it keys up my perfectionism, and when I have doubts etc. I feel discouraged, or feel I won’t be able to fully recover, since I definitely have at least one voice in this crazy mind that can always find the negative. I do also have positive grateful voices, it’s just the committee of 50 in my head! I do believe talking about something takes away it’s power. I’m sure others here have dealt with similar problems and I’d really welcome your insights and feedback. I’m very grateful to have found this site where others are going throught this same journey. Thanks for your help.