Hi everyone, To quickly introduce myself: I am 29 years old and live in Dubai. I am so incredibly grateful to have found this forum! To be frank, I learned about TMS a few days ago and have started to wonder if everything that I am experiencing could be related to mind-body syndrome? The more I think about it, the more it makes sense. A bit of a back story: A few years ago, I had a nagging pain in my shoulder that just wouldn't go away. I became obsessed with the pain and how it was interfering in my life - I couldn't go the gym, I couldn't sleep, I couldn't work. It robbed me of everything I enjoyed doing and I hated it. I had 4 MRI's in the span of 3 months and saw a combined 10 orthopedic surgeons, shoulder specialists, and physiotherapists. In Dubai, healthcare is privatized and employers are legally obliged to provide all employees with health insurance. I could schedule an MRI in a day and see several different doctors in a matter of hours. This didn't help - I got all sorts of different opinions and recommendations and I was seemingly unhappy with all of them. I became depressed. I was anxious. It was only after I was mentally and physically drained and gave up, that the pain started to disappear. However, my current situation is a little different - In 2016, I had a benign lump removed from my left breast. Yes, that's right - I'm a male. After the surgery, there was a patch of numbness in my chest which I was told was normal after a procedure like this and feeling would regain after a year. So the feelings never came back and the numbness remains to this day. Now, it's never really bothered me - in fact, I hardly ever noticed it honestly. Never hurt or anything and I would notice it sometimes if I was in the shower but again, never paid attention to it. I went to a Neurologist at one point who said that a superficial nerve was severed during the surgery but it wouldn't have a significant impact - just the numbness. No pain, weakness, tingling, etc. However, in the last few days, it's all I can think about it. I'm starting to feel all sorts of pressure/tingling/increased numbness. It's like I'm hyper-focused - I don't understand where this has come from? I was obviously okay with it for years - so why now? I'm sorry - this is a lot. Apologies if I this seems like a ramble.