While we are all thinking of what's going on in our lives emotionally to cause TMS, I wanted to take a moment to remind everyone that conditioning is another important factor in our pain. I was reminded of this today during my walk/run, when I experienced very very little pain. Just a few hours earlier I had gone grocery shopping and been in more pain. That makes no sense, right? Of course, physically it doesn't. But I believe what's happening has to do with conditioning. During even the worst of my pain last winter, I kept doing grocery shopping. However, I only started walking again when the pain had diminished, and I started incorporating running into my walk a few weeks ago, when my pain had significantly diminished. Because I was conditioned to associate grocery shopping with pain, I still experience pain when I do grocery shopping. But since pain was LESS connected with walking (and now running), I experience less pain now when I walk/run. I'm not sure what to do about this, except to remind myself when I feel the pain that it's only TMS. However, I thought I would share this observation with you, since I know that many of us struggle with a conditioned response of pain long after we accept the TMS diagnosis.