I've heard this numerous times now most recently in the SIRPA recovery CD. She was talking about how she gets questions all the time about "Why do I get pain in this one part of the body and not another?" which is an interesting question I've thought about many times in the past. It always seems you get the pain in the specific body part you care most about, or you need for your job, or which you have the most enjoyment with. The pain most likely does this because it's the best way to get your attention but I also think it could be doing it to get you out of the situation you're currently in that, subconsciously, you probably don't want to be in. For instance, both of my pain conditions began in jobs that involved stressful circumstances. The first pain condition (plantar fasciitis) began when I started working at Fedex and I hated the job. It was lonely and I was in a warehouse (you couldn't talk to anybody without getting bitched at). Subconsciously I believe my feet began hurting to get me out of that situation so I wouldn't have to deal with it emotionally anymore (being in that warehouse reminded me of a 6 month long panic/anxiety attack phase I went through when I was 13). The second chronic pain syndrome I developed was eyestrain in last 2008. This began under very stressful circumstances of starting a new job as a web designer. Its kind of hard to explain but here were the 3 main factors of the stress: 1. It's a new job and you dont know what to expect 2. I was concerned that working full-time in the summer I wouldn't be able to see my girlfriend (now wife) because she worked nights and I worked days. 3. I had pretty severe chronic pain in my feet for 3 1/2 years at this point and there was a lot of pressure riding on getting this job to get out of standing on my feet for 8 hours each day. So I got eyestrain the first day I began working there and it hasn't stopped since. I hadn't had any eyestrain issues up to this point and I had been working on computers for years and years before this. The news, social media and articles on the web definitely don't help. The new term "computer vision syndrome" is like the new carpal tunnel syndrome and when you see this in the mainstream it makes the pain more "real" in your mind that there is something wrong with you. Then when you go get your eyes examined and they say you have convergence insufficiency and thats the reason for the pain, you have astigmatism in your left eye and thats the reason for the pain, you have depth perception and spatial perception issues... each time that something doesn't work for your with physical treatment they come up with something else as to why "this is what's wrong with you". In reality I don't think they have a clue. When their methods don't work the doctors try to come up with a structural explanation for why you still have pain and then they start blaming you as well. So if the pain is occurring because subconsciously you're not happy, is the only way to get rid of the pain then is to change circumstances whether that be your job, where you live, whatever it is that's bothering you? Or are there other methods to treat this so you don't have to quit your job or change your life around to make the pain go away. This is something I've been struggling with for a while now. It's not just coincidence.. with one job it was my feet that hurt because I needed my feet to stand on to work. The next job when I didn't need my feet anymore my eyes started to hurt because I needed my eyes to work. I've accepted the diagnosis and I'm working on my fear/anxiety of the pain. I'm not 100% unafraid of it yet but I work on it each day with affirmations. I always appreciate your thoughts on this I think we all have something like this in common.