I've found quite a bit of information about symptoms changing or moving around and how it is considered progress. I'm wondering if anyone has an experience with the addition of symptoms. Situations where the original pain location continues but additional pain (much milder and shorter lived so far in my case - but new nonetheless) appears in other spots. Is this a common occurrence? I'm also wondering if anyone has any thoughts on the relationships between pain tolerance and symptom severity/duration or lack of physical circumstances to "prove to your mind that something won't hurt". I have always had (and continue to have) what several medical professionals have described for me as a ridiculously high pain tolerance. I only took pain medication for the physical pain that brought me to TMS for a very brief period of time (about 4 weeks out of 19 months) and only did so because the prescribing doc was insistent that I try it to see if giving my nervous system a "vacation" from intense pain would help with the healing. Does anyone know of any correlations between pain tolerance and symptom severity/duration? Additionally, all of the experts stress the importance of resuming physical activity as soon as is reasonably feasible w/o risk of further injury as a means of confirming the TMS diagnosis to yourself. I'm wondering if my inability to confirm my diagnosis to myself in this manner could be hampering my healing process. That ridiculous pain tolerance has pretty much allowed me to "power through" physical activity the entire time I've been suffering. Fortunately, my primary treatment providers were advocates of continued use of the painful areas so I have been doing various types of exercise all throughout the 19 months of pain. I have stopped the exercises I was taught to specifically target the supposed "weak/injured" areas thinking continuing these would send "confirmation/belief" signals to my mind. All the workouts I do on my own for overall health - without specific targets - I've basically done all along. There were some modifications I made to some of the exercises during times of intense pain which I don't allow myself to use any longer but I'm wondering if this is enough "proof" for my subconscious. Exercise has actually decreased my pain throughout this whole experience. It has been somewhat sedentary activities that have increased pain for me all along - sitting, typing at a computer for prolonged periods of time, driving distances, and oddly enough hooded sweatshirts or heavier coats (my primary TMS location is in my neck/shoulder area). I sit to do my journaling, I spend quite a bit of time on the computer now (incidentally I was told prolonged time at the computer was actually the cause of my pain and quit my 99% computer based job over a year ago because of it). I've also driven long distances on two occasions in the past month - good thing I was the only one in the car because I spent the entire time telling myself out loud that NOTHING hurts. I was somewhat successful at convincing myself of it and the pain was nowhere near what it has been in the past. I expect my subconscious just needs more time for acceptance but I'm also hoping that additional insight will help it.