I'm well aware that TMS is a syndrome/strategy that uses pain as a distraction technique and I'm just wondering if it is just purely pain that most people seem to experience with their TMS? As part of my attempting to recover I keep a list of all the discrepancies I find that would point away from my pain being caused by a structural issue. One of the things I frequently notice is that regardless of my pain level be it a day to day back burner level or a full on painful as hell flare I never actually suffer from any mobility or movement issues in the least...heck, I could go and run a marathon if it wasn't just for the pain. As you may recall my pain may 'possibly' be coming from a benign neuroma that is in my back but even the traditional medical experts seem somewhat divided on this with nobody really saying yep it definitely is or isn't and it being suggested that it could well be an incidental/unrelated finding on my MRI ....bear in mind I also suffer from a barrel load of other TMS equivalents as well. Nobody is pushing surgery on me and I'm just really being monitored. It just doesn't seem logical to me that pain can be generated by something like this and there be totally no compromise in function in any single way...my reflexes are fine, my flexibility fine, strength is fine etc etc, it just seems that when a flare up occurs from the top of my buttock, into my hip and down the side of my thigh etc just feel intensely painful...it seems to start as what I would describe as a tightening sensation as it just gets worse and worse this can last a day or a week and flares can come and go really quickly and like I say even at its worse I'm still able to move through a full range of movement etc with no worries whatsoever. It's strange as very often I feel stiff and whatever but this appears subjective as I can actually move fine and dandy...it is literally just the pain. I'm just wondering if others experience this and see it as confirmation that their pain is likely to be from a non structural causation? I really do see it as weird as one one hand I take solace from it but then again if muscles and nerves were being starved of blood and oxygen as it the TMS thesis then surely this would cause actual objective stiffness and compromised mobility? Thats for reading guys.