Hi fellow TMSrs, Id love to learn what people’s opinions are in terms of what the end goals are of a TMS approach to pain. What I mean is, is there a philosophy of total vigilance to pain until it’s eliminated? Or is it more to just get to the point where you live your life with pain, in can be a bummer, but you just get used to it. I’ve not posted in a long while, so just to give a summary of my situation I had a long spinal fusion for progressing scoliosis about 4.5 years ago and was left with terrible pain. Then a little over a year ago I had a second surgery to remove some of the hardware and it helped tremendously, though I had a long road of slowly building back my body. So where I’m at now - I live a pretty good life- am active every day, can do most things without thinking about pain too much, but the pain is underlying every day. I journal and read and practice a lot of things to soothe my nervous system. I’ve read a lot about neuroplasticity and really like this website by Dr. Michael Moskowitz http://www.neuroplastix.com/ (Home | Neuroplastix). He believes that one should have the goal of total pain elimination-that it’s totally possible, but you have to be vigilant every time you feel the pain - practice somatic tracking, self-soothing etc. Just wondering what people’s thoughts are? I’m not one of those (lucky) people who read the books and then was cured over night. I have felt pain relief very slowly over time. But I wonder if I’ve plateaued and if that’s just how it will be and that’s ok? Should I just be thankful I’m not debilitated and I’m able to do most things, just not all things?