I have been diagnosed with tendonitis of the forearm. My two main symptoms are general weakness of the forearm, and pain in the forearm. I believe TMS is the cause of the pain, but the weakness is clearly a physical matter. I have visible disuse atrophy at the tendon cluster just below the elbow in my right forearm as a product of over-resting the area for months, as well as actively avoiding load bearing for years, due to fear of pain and fear of re-injury. I don't believe this has anything to do with my pain symptoms however; those are clearly caused by TMS. My evidence for this is noticeable patterns of pain symptoms coinciding with emotionally stressful events, and impressive improvements in pain levels when employing treatment strategies recommended in The Mindbody Prescription. Additionally, there are other parts of my body that are out of shape/generally weak. To a lesser degree than my right arm, but nevertheless, these parts of my body never have pain. Thus the weakness is not causing the pain. I would like to know if it will hinder TMS treatment to continue strengthening exercises in this case. I'd like to think I could exercise for the exclusive purpose of strengthening and not for pain reduction, but I know Mindbody Prescription warns against this sort of thing regardless. Perhaps I should take a break from strengthening to focus on TMS treatment, and resume training once I have conquered the pain? But I'd rather not lose any more muscle mass. Thank you for your time.