I have been suffering with pain for 10 years now. In the last 2 years I had severe neck pain. I did the online course on this forum but the pain got worse and ultimately I got better after doing strengthening exercises for the neck. Now my pelvic pain has become really bad causing me to be bedridden again. This time the physical explanation is that the abdominal muscles are very weak. But there is really no objective way of determining how weak at the abdominal muscles as far as I understand from my physiotherapist .And this is where I get confused. I do understand that the pain ultimately is a product of the brain. And therefore TMS really makes much more sense. But at the same time, I did get better after doing strengthening exercises for the neck and I begin to wonder if that is the same case for the abdominal muscles. So can chronic muscle weakness also be the cause of chronic pain? Or is it TMS? I never saw this discussed before so asking. I do understand that bulging disc or similar other structural abnormalities seen on an MRI may not cause the pain. And in fact even the mainstream doctors that I have met agree with that.