Hi all, I don’t think I’ve ever written out my whole story here. Suffice it to say, after struggling for three years with lower back pain, I read Dr. Sarno’s book and was 80% better by just reading it. I’m a textbook case of TMS. I’ve had a lot of success in managing various pains by using the journaling method. So, a number of years ago I was struggling with TMJ issues, lots of clenching, and had several root canals and crowns. Since learning about TMS, I have been able to manage a lot of my TMJ and tooth pain and jaw issues. But because of all of the dental work I’ve had done, I get really anxious when I go to the dentist for a cleaning. This morning at my six month checkup, my dentist found a tiny cavity in one tooth. (Additionally, on my X-ray she saw that a previous root canal tooth has a bit of a shadow on the roots. My dentist believes that it is probably scar tissue but is going to keep an eye on things in case it turns into an abscess.) I’m going back in three weeks for a filling on the cavity. In the last couple of weeks I have felt a small amount of sensitivity around that tooth but it wasn’t concerning. Well, ever since I was told I have a cavity on it, that tooth has been super sensitive. Ugh! I had so many painful tooth issues in the past that I feel my mind and body are kind of hyper-reacting to the fact that I have a tiny cavity, and that any sensation I feel in that tooth must be an emergency. The other tooth, with the root canal we are watching, has put my mind in a paranoid state as well. Any thoughts on how I can calm my mind? I think that the tooth with the cavity actually is somewhat sensitive, but my mind’s reaction to it makes it worse. This is not a dental emergency. Maybe that’s what I need to tell myself over and over. Thanks for listening.