This question was submitted via our Ask a TMS Therapist program. To submit your question, click here. Question Is it possible that taking a pain medication could actually work in a positive way in that by letting one forget about the pain for a while, which means that you stop giving it attention, the brain has to stop doing its thing too. In fact, if you kept the pain in abeyance with a pain killer for a long enough period of time, the brain might even give up trying to distract you and the pain would go away for lack of attention. I know this sounds crazy and I think I know the answer, but I'd like to see it in writing because, though my pain is moderately better than it was before I started on TMS a few weeks ago, each time it flares up badly and I allow myself some relief via the Bufferin I wonder and worry whether I'm being smart or dumb.