Hi all I've had my share of TMS experiences over the years - notably, extreme back pain, which later turned into shoulder pain then jaw pain. I've also witnessed related behaviours on my immediate family, and coached my brother out of it using some of the concepts in Dr. Sarno's book, on one occasion. So it's fair to say I am a convert. This year has been a trying year for me, health-wise, and I'm now taking a moment to stop and consider how much of it may be TMS rearing its ugly head. I have Ulcerative Colitis. While the medical profession disagrees with me, I'm still adamant that I would not have this disease if I had not undergone a prolonged period of heavy stress after dealing with a separation from my marriage of nearly 9 years. 6 months into the separation, when I was still fighting both my ex and some legal issues was when I started to show symptoms. To me, this is no coincidence. Since being diagnosed and treated, my symptoms were largely under control until earlier this year when I experienced my first flare that could not be controlled by my standard dose. Yet again, I was in a particularly stressful situation at the time. I eventually brought the flare under control myself by managing the way I dealt with that stress. Recently, my symptoms started flaring again, but within the last couple of days I've once again started the process of reducing them simply by addressing the emotional side. In the midst of all this, I've had a constant battle with 'respiratory infections' this year. I use quotes as I'm really not sure that they are anything more than TMS in disguise. In May I got sick and worked through it mostly, because my boss at the time was a bully (the reason for my earlier UC flare-up) and I felt I had to. I never fully recovered, and ended up going back to the doctor then put on prednisone for a short period. The prednisone appeared to destroy my immune system, as I ended up with the worst infestation of athlete's foot I've ever had, several ingrown nails, and a subsequent illness. This illness is still with me today. It starts to fade, but never goes. Last week it was more like a cold, but taking away my voice. Now it's back to where it was. Sore throat, inflamed tonsils, primarily sore on the right side. The 'right side' is a red flag to me. Most if not all my TMS symptoms primarily occur on my right side. I've been having big issues with self confidence in recent years. I've also battled, for decades, a feeling that I am 'not good enough' and that others around me 'have their lives in order far more than I do'. Whenever I get sick, I feel guilty about not being 'up to it'. I feel like I'm inferior to others around me at work. That just leads to a vicious cycle, of course, as the stress I'm causing within myself over that probably helps to make me more likely to get sick. This post is all over the place, I know. I could go on but figured I'd see what insights people here might have before elaborating on specific elements. How much of this sounds like TMS to you?