I wasn't going to make an account and post here - I was just going to go through the days by myself, but something in my gut said I should do it so here I am. I'm a young woman who just graduated from a 4-year college. I'm a cartoonist, and like many visual artists I suffer from debilitating wrist pain. I recently moved across the country to explore opportunities in the animation industry in the LA area, and since I got here my wrist has been aching like nuts. I've been stretching like crazy, keeping hydrated, even downloaded one of those programs that make you take breaks from the computer (99% of my work is digital.) but so far none of that helped. I don't have a doctor in my new town yet, and I'm not in a hurry to find one - my other problem is that I suffer from something like IBS - which doctors have never been able to help me with. The most help I ever got was from my college's campus clinic, where the doctor there prescribed me an SSRI to help with the anxiety that I thought was related to my stomach problems - I was basically afraid to leave the house, couldn't hang out with friends or even be in a car too long, because I was SO scared of getting a stomachache and embarrassing myself. For a while, I was doing really well on that medication. I almost had a normal life. I was exploring my college's city for the first time in my senior year and it was so exciting, and I sort of even had a social life. Interestingly enough, the idea that I was dependent on around that time is that my anxiety and my stomach problems were linked, so if I could think "it's all in my head" they would be lessened - sounds familiar, right? But after graduating and going back home this summer, things took a turn for the worse. I felt so isolated without my friends, and I missed the apartment I lived in for my 4 years of school. Even though I was working freelance and doing very well, I felt that it wasn't enough, and I was somehow a disappointment or just generally 'not good enough'... when I was finally able to move (something I had been planning to do since before school was over) it was also marked by trouble and disappointment - the apartment company wouldn't take me without my mom cosigning, and I felt like a little kid again! They're also just a really bad company and it felt like months in limbo because they would refuse to call back, take forever doing things... Only now in October have a finally turned in the last paperwork to really let me feel secure here. And I find myself with the worst wrist pain I've ever had, and having an IBS episode basically every single day. I'm scared to leave my apartment again. Jeez, for somebody who wasn't gonna post I sure wrote a lot already... Anyway, long story short: my wrist was getting to be so painful that I googled "SRI relief" and a post by a computer programmer led me to MBP, and TMS. I'm interested to think that my wrist and stomach problems could be related... to be honest, I haven't totally accepted the "diagnosis", but when I did some completely unstructured writing about things that could be bothering me just now, my wrist started to feel a lot better. I think I've accepted it for my wrist, but I've had my stomach problems for so long (basically since I was a kid) that I don't know if there's still possibly a physical explanation. Looking into going to a special IBS Treatment Center they have here in LA. Don't know if my insurance will work with them though, so I might as well assume it's related to TMS as well for now! Sorry for writing so much. Thanks if you read this.