hello! I'm glad to have joined and become a part of this supportive community. I have recently been introduced to Dr Sarno's work, and I now believe that my 3 years of RSI and 15 years of upper back pain are, in fact, TMS. Doctors have never been able to find a cause for the back soreness, they usually tell me it's due to weak muscles and postural problems. I have been diagnosed with Tendinitis by physiotherapists. My goal is to eliminate my pain as quickly as possible, because I am starting a course of study this year that will be typing, note taking and research intensive. I also want to write a fiction novel, and that involves a fair bit of writing I hear My boyfriend is semi-onboard with the mind body theory, and has suffered RSI in the past from playing an instrument. However he's still operating on the assumptions of structural damage. He suggests physical solutions, like exercise, when my pain gets bad. Which is great, because exercise keeps me healthy, it does offer temporary pain relief, and he's trying to help. What bothers me is that he didn't like my suggestion that I have repressed emotions, or that I should see a counsellor / psychologist to work through them. He's quite 'no nonsense' about that stuff, thinks depression is a scam used to sell medication, etc. Thing is, I'm definitely a person who has stored all their tensions in their body, well, forever. I feel things deeply, I worry a lot, and I frequently experience feelings of shame and inadequacy - I also put a lot of pressure on myself to perform academically, to achieve success. My RSI first developed in the final stages of completing a project for my photography degree. I was using photoshop heavily, and one of my classmates developed RSI. Two days later, after hearing about this, guess what I get? RSI. I had a bit of a meltdown, but managed to finish my course, albeit burnt out and sick of photography. All my favourite activities make use of my hands, and so I started feeling very angry, frustrated and helpless. Drawing, writing, journaling, reading books, using the computer, using my phone; these all caused a hot tingling and burning sensation, and achy pains. Since then I've managed the RSI with varying degrees of success. Sometimes it seems to almost completely disappear. When I get stressed, or work in jobs that I don't enjoy, it comes back with a vengeance. I want to kill it off before term starts in a month. Does the community have any suggestions for me? I am considering seeing a local TMS psych, and am wondering if it's worth the money or if I should work through this myself. Thanks for reading and I look forward to collaborating with you all on our recoveries.