Today's reading was about a tool called the "stress scale". It assigns points to certain events you have experienced in the last year and that are considered to be potentially stressful. The more of these stressful events you have experienced, the more likely you might be to develop psychosomatic conditions like TMS. It is not a diagnostic tool, but I've personally experienced a number of these events in my life within the last year, including the death of a close family member (both grand parents), personal illness, change in health of a family member, change in responsibility at work, trouble with boss, and change in social activities. According to the scale, I'm moderately at risk of developing a condition like TMS. My personality also puts me at risk. This scale helped me realize that a number of stressful events may be the cause of my TMS pain, coupled with my history of anxiety/fear and low self esteem. I remain hopeful that the realization of my repressed emotions over the past 15 months will lead to a reduction in my pain and a return to my pre-TMS life.