Hello everyone I'm new here and wanted to see people's input to help me sort things out. First my story- I'm a musician. Have not performed for almost a year. First diagnosed in August with golfers elbow and cubital tunnel (left hand) then in o October my right hands completely gave out. Diagnosed with bicep tendinitis. Got into a sling and waited for 5 weeks with only getting worse. Meanwhile seeing physical therapists, chiropractors, acupuncturists etc. This was a time of living hell. I had no use of either arm and was in pain 10 all the time. My wife was feeding me, dressing me, helping me with everything - this 4 months after me running 5 miles every day... Finally in January one of my physical therapists suspected Thoracic Outlet Syndrome- I made the appointments with finest specialists who diagnosed me in March and April. Now, since January I regained somewhat the user of my arms, and since April started doing stretching regaining my range of motion. Then I switched physical therapists who became far more aggressive with me which I feel pushes me in the right direction, and more secure of my body. However he also keeps asking about stress. Now, at the end of June, I can say that I have full range of motion in my shoulders and maybe still a weakened back, but I have been given exercises to fix that. I still have pain in both arms. It's a strange plasticky burning pain in my entire left arm and my right shoulder. Eating really exacerbates my right arm as well as simply seating. Also one of the weirdest things that happens is that my hands become purple and motted when they are hanging down and feeling very weird. Sometimes I have my feet buzzing also. Doctors suggested that I have overactive sympathetic nervous system. I also have swelling on both sides of my neck that no doctor can really explain. So basically I'm facing massive surgery with first rib resection which doesn't have a very good success rate. About two weeks ago I run into Dr. Sarno's books and his description of my personality really hit a chord with me. I decided to take the plunge and started being much more active as well as stopping physical therapy. Now, I certainly can do many more things than I thought I could, but still have pain that can get really bad. I have these lingering doubts weather I have a structural issue on top of psychological... First of all, musicians seem to be getting Thoracic Outlet diagnosis often. Also, I used to get pain in my chest back in the day when I played a lot. Never enough to stop me from playing, but there. Also would get worse with running - I always thought it would just go away, but it would always bug me when running. Dull ache in my chest. In Thoracic Outlet patients it is claimed that this is a result of tight scalenes. In our lives playing a lot equates with great stressful times. It's like the chicken and the egg - what leads to what? Same happens to athletes. And while I totally buy RSI diagnosis to be mostly TMS, I wonder if intense overuse, like bow arm on a cello or baseball batting, or tennis swinging could result in tightening of muscles that pinch the nerves... Because stressful breathing also tightens the scalenes. Finally, the fact that I spent 5 weeks in a sling in pain, contouring my hands and immobilized in most unpredicted ways and that my hands still fall asleep when I sleep make me wonder if some pinching is going on, result of my many years of playing and then exacerbated by my injury.... It took me 4 weeks to stay stretching my neck fully... And am I feeling better because of all the exercises I did? Therefore is it safe to stop them? Does anyone have any insight into such matters? Thank you so much!