Many of you know my story, so won’t rehash it here. I was doing quite well, thinking I had licked tms, once and for all, after 20 years of chronic pain, and some intense emotional work for the last few years. I even was able to get a fulltime job 5 months ago, just to prove I could. Now, pain has come back with a vengence, and not just pain, but anxiety and nausea. I am 45, and last year had my hormones tested. I have too much estrogen and not enough progestrone. I starting taking bioidentical hormones and seemed to be doing better, but then the nausea hit and I stopped. At that point, I was doing better with the pain so I figured that this was just the symptom imperative at work. Now, I’m not so sure. I was told that I was deep in menopause, which has many symptoms in and of itself, and because of that, it could be causing my symptoms. Still, I know that menopause doesn’t cause chronic pain. I know that it can cause muscle tension, but so does TMS. I do know it can cause anxiety and nausea. What’s interesting is that my daughter is almost 3 months pregnant and I have the same exact symptoms as her. I have been working very hard with my therapist, and but I have no idea what the trigger here is. The last few weeks have been really bad though, and I find myself either with forearm pain, rib pain, shoulder pain, nausea, anxiety, and migraines. And yes, they keep moving around. I’ve had to take off at least one day every week off work and I feel like I’m exhausted all the time. I don’t even want to do anything when I come home from work, because I work from 7 o’clock until 4 o’clock in the afternoon, and I come home and just crash. I’m a writer, so I am writing eight hours a day, talking to clients, and everything else in between. It is very stressful. I thought maybe I need to go to part time and just try not to have so much responsibility. But, again I don’t know if that’s going to help or if this is just perpetuating the TMS. Anyway, I’m very frustrated right now because I was 75% pain-free and was doing everything: painting, walking, on the computer, mopping, scrubbing, etc.... So, my question for people that may know about menopause or have been through it, is this a crazy thing to deal with, is it using TMS as an excuse? I don’t know. I just know I can’t work like this and I’m so tired of my brain not getting the message, even after years of hard work. It’s almost like it’s been too long, and my brain refuses to listen. I know it sounds crazy, but I’m so tired of dealing with this. I have done everything by the book and then I’ve also done nothing, and it’s still here. I don’t know what else to try at this point.