I am very excited that I have found this forum! Here is my story. I had been having low back and hip pain on an off for about a year. The pain was on the right side of my body, in the SI joint area and deep in my left hip. Also during this period, starting about 8 months ago, my right forearm started burning, I assumed from the computer work I do for a living. This had flared up occasionally in years past, but always resolved quickly. I tried yoga seriously for a couple of months, and eventually both arms/wrists were burning and numb, I thought from all those poses putting pressure on my wrists. So I quite yoga. I finally saw a Dr, focusing on the back and hip problems first. My X-ray was normal, and was sent to PT. PT said that my joints were hypermobile and that my muscles were very tight in an effort to stabilize my low spine. I did have a history or being very "flexible", sitting/standing in contorted positions and just generally having terrible posture. Also true that I never got my core muscles in shape after having children. So, I faithfully did the exercises and within a couple of months I saw great improvement. The arm pain continued, although just in my right arm, generally as a burning or tingling sensation throughout the forearm. I went through a period of time where the pain was in my tendons, tennis elbow and golfers elbow. Then that subsided. Then I could identify the pain specifically as ulnar nerve pain, with numbness and pain down to the side of my hand and little finger. I decided to try acupuncture. Went for a few sessions, pain was better for a bit, then returned. Also, about a week after my first session, I developed itching on the mid to lower right side of my face. This then progressed to tingling, and then to intermittent feelings of pressure. Saw my PCP and he was not concerned. This has primarily resolved but I still have occasional tingling. Eventually went back to PT and did a month of sessions for my arm. Again, all my muscles were very tight. Throughout everything, I was trying every ergonomic fix I could find, day brace, night brace, new mouse, new keyboard, chair adjustments as well as heat, TENS machine, massage machine, deep tissue massage sessions, new pillows, etc. Nothing was helping. The arm pain went from mainly just during working hours to almost all the time. Next I tried a specialist. Had an EMG which showed a slight nerve impingement near the elbow. Decided to go for an MRI, which showed a herniated cervical disc. I stopped PT but was prescribed a bunch of new exercises focusing on neck mobilization. I was told that my neck was basically hinging in one spot due to my hypermobility in that area and the super tight muscles preventing movement in the other vertabra. I feel like my life is consumed with the exercises, the adjustments and modifications, the gear, and always thinking about my posture, alignment, ergonomics, etc. The last week or so, I've had a lot of tightness in my chest. This is also something I've had periodically but never stayed like this time. Somehow, in my reading I stumbled across TMS and this forum. I just read Healing Back Pain. I see myself so much in the description, in some of the personality traits (perfectionist, worrier, anxious) and the shifting symptoms. I am ready to go all in to learn about this and heal. However, I'm having trouble wrapping my mind around a couple of things. 1. Will anyone weigh and and let me know if this indeed sounds like TMS? 2. Do the exercises not matter at all? I know that you're not supposed to continue exercises to target specific areas, but I've been doing more exercising in general and it feels great. I think part of all this is stemming from the fact that I haven't really taken care of myself in years. As long as I'm not thinking of exercises as trying to correct a structural problem, is it reasonable to continue? 3. Does my posture and ergonomics not matter at all? I'm having trouble accepting that my alignment, how I sit all day, how I perform extremely repetitive tasks, how strong my core is, has no affect on whether or not I'm experiencing pain. Thank you so much for reading if you've made it this far. Any insight is very appreciated!