In reading about TMS there are several explanations for symptoms...repressed emotions, anger and frustration from childhood and the present day stressors that trigger the pain. It seems to me that the last several episodes have had to do with current problems causing anxiety, the timing almost comic. For example, playing ball, a stuffed teddy bear like ball, with my senile mom, on one of the many trips to take care of her, and just slightly bending forward to retrieve the ball and oops that tweak that takes months to get over. The last episodes were related to a very important career step. And others seem to have to do with lack of material support . The huge and most painful time I had in my mid thirties after my husband suddenly died.I feel that has caused the initial patterns.I did dig into my childhood and found some reasons for anger and frustration years ago upon first reading Dr. Sarno's book. But now I do feel it's more about issues in the present. But there will always be stress.....so I feel stuck. I have managed to allay some flare ups but not to get rid of the pain. I feel my brain is just so used to its ruts that the neurological pathways are well trodden and knowing that it's emotions and not the physical structure that cause the pain does not erase these deep ruts....How can I stop my brain from triggering this reaction?