I'll be the first to tell you that I am overly critical of myself and push myself way too hard. I've taken the day off work today to get some errands done and just sit and read/journal for most the day. I found myself pushing myself harder and harder to get more and more accomplished today, in hopes that the future/rest of the week will get easier. I find myself constantly doing this in my everyday life, simply packing more and more in to hopefully one day make it to having done enough. I found myself getting very upset and overwhelmed at one point today from all the pressure I was putting on myself to go do this/that read this, hang out with this person, call this person, clean this or that. I have read posts that talk about simplifying our lives and doing less, and know that this is something that I definitely need to begin living out in my life, but also feel a great deal of responsibility in all aspects of my life. I know Sarno talks about not needing to change our personality, but simply recognizing the pressure and how that is the cause of our pain. Any thoughts? Also, would like to get feedback on the necessity of getting a formal diagnosis of TMS. I have been through the medical gauntlet (mri, xray, physical therapy, cranial sacral, bloodwork, acupuncture, cupping, pain specialists, injections, patches, pills, etc) and ended up with a diagnosis of "myofascial pain syndrome" with the internist's advice to continue pushing through, not worry about the pain, and know that there is nothing structurally wrong. This wasn't a formal TMS diagnosis, but with my history of chrondomalachia, and current acne/tendonitis, this aligns with everything I have read in my 5+ times through Sarno's books (recently began accepting the diagnosis). I've put the TMS label on myself and believe in it as I fit the model personality, symptoms and multiple diagnosis underneath the TMS umbrella, just wanted to know if it is absolutely necessary to have an MD label TMS to recover. Thanks everyone for your time and input!