This question was submitted via our Ask a TMS Therapist program. To submit your question, click here. Question Hello all! I would like to ask if my case sounds like I could have TMS or something similar. I am on chapter 5 of the divided mind, but I wanted to ask here if my case lines up at all, before continuing with the book. I am a 18 year old advanced tennis player, (I will be playing division 1 next fall) This past summer, I started what has turned out to be over 8 months off my sport due to injury!! I have aspirations of being a great college player, and eventually trying some pro tournaments, so it has been very devastating. Early June I came down with the first injury, which was Tennis elbow(Tendonitis(osis) on outside of elbow) I was not able to practice until 3 months of mostly rest. The pain was not that bad at rest, but it was just extremely slow to heal, making me think that it was tendonosis not tendonitis. For those that do not know, tendonitis is inflammation of the tendon whereas tendonosis is where there is actually degenerative healing of the tendon tissue. Now that is pretty much behind me, unfortunately though, about 3 weeks after practicing at close to full speed I came down with bicep tendonitis(osis). The pain is all throughout my bicep tendon, so bicep, front of shoulder, and extends into my right pec. At the beginning I was told by a phys therapist I was recommended, that it was mild rotator cuff tendonosis, but after about 3.5 months into the injury I was told by a MD that it was bicep tendon, which matched up much better to the symptoms. So being mislead certainly did not help. Although I have made progress, and the initial inflammation is gone, the progress has been extremely slow, and discouraging for the better part of 5 or 6 months! I started physical therapy with a manual therapist, and that has helped further educate me, and it definitely started feeling better, but the progress is still disatisfactory. My family is not in the best financial state right now, so we are going to have to stop the phys therapy for now, but I can still do most stuff I was doing there on my own. Right now I am practicing very lightly once a week to keep some rythm, opposed to practicing 6 days a week for several hours like before. I recognize that I might need to alter some technique on my shots, to take any added stress on my arm, and I have been working on that. I have also quit my job as a tennis instructor, to stop any unnecessary stress on my arm. The pain pretty much goes away at rest, but will feel worse while or after I practice.I have done as much of my own research as I can, and I have learned a lot. My strategies have changed a lot over the course of the injury. I have started a new plan about a week ago, I will give information about it below. I have scapula winging, and my shoulders do not naturally sit in back of my socket, due to the nature of tennis, and not paying attention to it over the years. I can hold them there if I think about it. For the posture aspect I am implementing - Daily myofascial release of pec major, pec minor, lat, subscapularis, and upper trap - multiple times per day of Pec stretch, bicep stretch, and lat stretch -scapular squeezes with back flat on wall -prone cobras - Rotator cuff exercises (ex rotation, reverse fly, band pull aparts) - thinking about it more when I am not training. PT exercises include -cable punch on floor to activate serratus - light lat pulldown (focusing on pulling down sapula) - another exercise to pull down scapula - thoracic spine mobility exercise - a few others Below is what I am implementing to strengthen the tendons, and promote healing. -Eccentric exercises-- I do an exercise that would aggravate the tendonosis, but only the eccentric portion, so that it does not bother it. supposedly this is suppose to be great for healing tendonosis once and for all, and strengthening the tendons. I just began this protocol. -Hot tub once a day. heat is supposed to be good for the blood flow. I do not ice, because I don't think that stopping blood flow, and reducing inflamation will help me heal. I also have a mild case of tennis elbow in my left arm, from practicing lefty in the summer. thru this time, I have gotten occasional bouts of pain in the inside of my right elbow, but more on the forearm close to the elbow, then the tendon itself. As for past injuries, I have had on and off issues with my lower body, or certain areas in my back, they kinda feel like tweaks. My worst injuries before were, probably a muscle pull in like my back or groin. However, it has never taken more than two months to heal, and about a month till I could start practicing a little again. This is the first summer and on that I have had long term issues with my upper body. Personally, from what I know, it does not sound like I have TMS. However, I do get very frustrated, helpless at times due to the time I have been out for, I think being more positive, may help me. Anyways, I am willing to try anything, and I would like to get others opinions on this! thanks!