Hi everyone, It's been over a month since I posted in the forum. I took time off the SEP to do Dr. Schechter's mindbody workbook, which I'm finally finishing up. I really started my TMS healing journey in February when I picked up some of Sarno's books again after having a new setback in my pain. I became convinced that my new pain was the symptom imperative showing up in a new place, and went to see Dr. Schechter who confirmed the diagnosis of TMS. Well, after that I had a lot of successes. I started working out again (not to the degree I wanted to, but much more than I had been), and I reduced my daily pain medication by half. I felt like I could be on my way to recovering from TMS. Well, about a month ago, I was exercising and felt a twinge in my upper back...a place that I haven't had chronic pain in. I figured it would go away, but decided to rest and baby it for a while in case it was a legitimate injury. Maybe that's where I went wrong. It's a month later and this new pain has become my new focal point, barking much louder than my other chronic pain I've had for almost 3 years. Feeling frantic, I've gone back to the chiropractor (which I stopped doing once I knew I had TMS), have gotten massage, and am living life with an ice pack always on the area. I'm so frustrated that I had made good progress and now here I am at what feels like square one. Interesting enough, I should actually take heart that this happened because once again the symptom imperative of TMS is rearing its ugly head. Of course as I was getting better this pain showed up in a brand new area! That is TMS at its best! It's tricking me into thinking my body is damaged and wants me to focus on the pain again. I am committed to stop focusing on the physical, put my ice pack away, and get back to journaling consistently and immersing myself in the TMS studies as I had a while back. Sorry for the rambling post, just needed to put my thoughts/progress out there.