This question was submitted via our Ask a TMS Therapist program. To submit your question, click here. Question I have been treating TMS for about 2.5 months now. So much of Dr. Sarno's material seems relevant to my life. In addition to TMS, I have continued to treat allergy symptoms by receiving allergy shots. Yesterday, I had a significant reaction of some sort: left neck pain, radiating into my left temple and down into my left shoulder and arm. These are areas where my symptoms are typically noticeable but yesterday represented a significant exacerbation. I am aware of three things that may be related to yesterday's experience: it is a long weekend (Labor Day) and emotions often arise in this "down time", I ate peanut butter (which I usually do not eat), and ragweed pollens are very high. My question is this: how do I know whether or not I should be focused on isolating the cause (food, pollen or emotion)--or whether I should forego all of this and stay focused on the TMS treatment. I know Dr. Sarno indicated that "the food (pollen, etc) is not the problem". What does this suggest in terms of practical application for treatment?