Hi everyone, I am new to TMS and new to this forum. The symptoms I am experiencing are pelvic pain/vulvodynia. This started after a vaginal infection that was misdiagnosed for 8 long months. I was originally told I had an autoimmune disease but I had no visual symptoms. During those months the gynecologists that treated me were dismissive, cruel and either sent me on my way without help or wanted to do surgery. As a result I became incredibly anxious and depressed. I had to stop teaching pilates and my entire life was turned upside down. I was finally treated for the infection with an antibiotic. It took several months for the tissues to fully heal but the pain never stopped. It was also spreading to the back of the legs, sitting bones and gluteal creases. I've been in physical therapy for pelvic pain for over a year. I went as far as traveling to California to see one of the top pelvic pain physical therapists in the world. She was very knowledgeable, compassionate and even though she doesn't treat pelvic pain as TMS she is working with Lorimer Moseley (author of Explain Pain) from Australia. I returned home to continue physical therapy and I have improved some but I am still experiencing symptoms. They are worse with sitting and tight clothing...likely because I fear those the most. I have a history of anxiety, ocd and depression. In my twenties and thirties I had a major onset of anxiety, ocd and depression after a big life change. My twenties it was shortly after getting married and having some health issues...which were most likely TMS. In my thirties it was after the birth of my first child. I am a perfectionist and have always been a caretaker and put the needs of others before myself. I grew up in an abusive environment with a mother that was a prescription drug addict/alcoholic. She eventually went into a drug induced psychosis for five years of my adolescence. I have had a lot of therapy and also know the work of Dr. Claire Weekes. Her book Hope and Help for your Nerves was instrumental to my healing in my twenties and thirties. This is the first time I have experienced long lasting pain. I am still fearful and hypervigilant of my symptoms. I am a little confused about the work of Dr. Claire Weekes and pain. I have had just about every symptom in her book Hope and Help for your Nerves and her theory really does work with the symptoms I have had in the past. Does it work the same for pain? By allowing the pain and the thoughts about the pain to "just be there" without reacting to them the pain will eventually fade? I am going to see a health psychologist this coming Friday that also works with mind/body syndromes and has helped other women with pelvic pain so that should be interesting. I still do see a physical therapist, chiropractor and dry needler. Sounds like I will need to stop those therapies. I look forward to hearing from some of you. I am sure I will have many questions as I begin this process. Thank you.