Over the last 7 years I have had huge issues with hypochondria which had gone hand in hand with a huge variety of 'symptoms'. Pretty much all of the symptoms fit the Somatoform Disorder criteria and I've come to see these as clear indications of physical anxiety/TMS. I have had what I can't help but consider a separate issue of back and leg pain for about the last 5 years and whilst this is subject to pain flares and remission there is pretty much always a slight niggle there. I had an MRI on my back about 18 months ago and a small benign neuroma was discovered on my spine, this was actually reported upon as incidental firstly but when I pressed the issue it was suggested that the neuroma 'could' or 'possibly' may be responsible for the pain I was having but interestingly I don't have any loss of function or traditional nerve pain. My TMS therapist in the UK is convinced the neuroma is not responsible for the pain and believes it is a sensitised nerve system response in fitting with TMS/stress illness...he has actually sent my scans to Dr Hanscom to get his opinion in the hope this will convince me further. So my query really relates to my main stumbling block with the TMS diagnosis as it relates to me. As mentioned I have had a huge number of symptoms over the last 7 years and these have been neurological, daily headaches, gastro etc etc and these symptoms seem to pop up and stay with me for a lengthy period but then tend to always diminish to be replaced by another symptom...this plays out like a totally classic symptom imperative and I'm totally on to it and can see the pattern. The problem is that with my back and leg pain is that it appears to be constant, it never goes totally really...yes, it does flare and there will be periods when I'm relatively pain free but the mild sensation of discomfort is ALWAYS there. It is interesting how the flares do not seem to have any rhyme or reason though...last Christmas was a disaster as I was in the most pain I have ever had with for the 3 days over christmas yet I haven't had a flare anything like it over the last year, for the last couple of days I have felt my back tightening and my leg starting to ache but I've sort of laughed this off as this was the built up to exactly the same thing last year. The neuroma was scanned again a couple of months back and it hadn't grown at all over the year and could well have been there all my life so a lot of this makes no sense at all. I'm just wondering if anyone else has experienced this type of thing when they may have a wide variety of TMS type symptoms that go to be replaced with something else but have a longstanding symptom that stays with them be this back pain or whatever? Thanks for reading guys and any thoughts are grateful received.