It has been said here that in order to be cured of TMS, one must be thoroughly convinced there is no physical cause for our pain. Before I became completely fed up with the medical community's inability to solve my problem I bounced around between doctors and therapists and back again, and kept getting contradictory information that still has me hung up a bit. At the time, my pain was focused in my neck (it's all over me, now). My neck was also visibly distorted. Doctor #1 had my neck x-rayed and nothing abnormal was found. A couple months later Doctor #1 sent me to Doctor #2, an orthopedist who had me get an MRI on my neck and again nothing abnormal was found. Doctor #1 concluded my problem was "stress" and recommended counseling (which I did for a year and a half with no improvement). There was some evidence to back that up, because at the time my neck tightened up more at home than elsewhere. In fact, I took a short trip to visit family for a few days, and the pain almost disappeared and returned exactly five minutes after I got home! Doctor #2 said "I don't know what your problem is, but whatever it is it's highly unusual." I asked both doctors if my neck distortion might be caused by something misaligned farther down. They both said "That's not possible." But the therapists I saw, and some books about relieving pain I read, said it is indeed possible. They said because everything is interconnected a misalignment somewhere can cause a chain reaction that causes pain to show up somewhere else. They said doctors often miss the real cause of pain because they refuse to look beyond the part that hurts. This seemed to ring true to me because my experience seemed consistent with that theory. For example, I found that if I stood with my feet perfectly parallel, by neck would straighten out, but then my legs would hurt. And sometimes in bed, when I move my hips I get a toe cramp. So who was right? Is it possible for a problem in one area to cause a chain reaction that makes something else hurt? For the past few years, before I learned about TMS early this summer, I was thoroughly convinced the answer was YES, and that the doctors were wrong. Now I'm not sure what to believe anymore, but I'm leaning towards the doctors being right and the therapists being wrong. I'm thinking I need a definitive answer otherwise I'll keep bouncing between these two opinions and continue to wonder if my problem is physical or psychological. Who's right?