It's been a while since I last posted. I have had back and neck pain & shoulder pain for a couple years now. I read all the books and did the programs and had pretty good results, I was feeling much better but still had symptoms. I decided to go to a TMS doctor which I found a couple hours from where I live, Dr Gwozdz in NJ. I felt that I really needed to hear from someone else that I could be suffering from TMS.I had a great visit with him and a follow up group therapy, he put me on a program that really helped after a couple years of reading and research I felt this was just what I needed. It really helped I started getting much more active again I was still active before but still thought some things were bothering me mainly my surfing which is tough on any body especially a 52 year old. I have since joined the gym and its been 4 months of doing things I would not try before I continue to surf and do as I want. My life has been really stressful the last 5 or 6 years and I attribute alot of my TMS to this. I ve had marriage problems and a failing business that has been really tough. I am still dealing with closing my business and getting a new job. Every once in a while when things are not going PERFECT I will have back pain sometimes it could last for a couple days. I deal with my pain differently now since I usually know why it came on there is always a reason and stress never goes away. I do not fear my pain I just feel its part of me and usually go to the gym or do something active and some times it goes right away.It is so crazy how my body reacts to stress and difficult situations. I know exactly what is happening but I feel it is a constant battle, like will it ever just stop.I used to rush off to a chiro or some other kind of doctor now I do not .I have many more good days and weeks then before. I guess this is just who I am and wonder if sometime when my life evens out and I get rid of all the negitives and stress if I will stop dealing with TMS or It is life long. I hope someone out ther has been down this road and could give me some advise.