Hi there! Over the time I observed my TMS and noticed a certain pattern. It's like there's a sort of pain level or an "amount" of pain which is determined. To simplify it let's say there're 10 pain units. Actually I've some pain hotspots which always hurt, like shoulder & ellbow and both feet. But there're other places which tend to hurt from time to time and also some general symptoms of unwellnes like flu-like symptoms, fatique and so on. Ok, now let's say there're 4 pain units for my feet, 4 for my arm and two units remaining for hip pain. So the hip pain disappears and I am happy. But not very long, because the two units leftover now are either adding themselves to my foot or my arm pain which as a result is increasing or searching for a new place to settle down. Actually I really thought I got rid of my hip pain just to recognice that my "unwellness-units" shifted to my shoulder again so that I am barely able to sleep. And there's a vast number of possibilitis how to spread out the "units". All this different combinations of pain locations and feelings of unwellness seem to have something in common: that there always has to be a certain amount of pain. These fictional 10 units are always there, sometimes in times of maxium stress even more units are possible but never less than 10. It's like my TMS tries to maintain a certain and very destructive kind of homeostasis. So when some of my pain is improving I am not really happy because I know it will only shift to another place or increase some other pain. Did anyone else observe this kind of pattern? Sometimes I really feel desperated and doomed because it's like "I don't have to be happy or to get better, there's no way to come below the 10 units" In the last weeks I noticed some improvement of my severe foot pain which I have since 1996 (and I mean really severe because since then I was not able to walk more than about half a mile which lead to muscle dystrophy in both feet and legs). One the one hand I am very glad about it because all doctors said I have to live with and there's this strong pain memory which can't be erased. And on the other hand I think "ok, my long-term pain is getting better, that's fantastic...but: is it a real improvment or will it only shift to another place?" Is this the symptom imperative at work Sarno described? Sorry for spelling errors!