I'm curious how much time people consciously/unconsciously spend thinking about their pain. At the forefront and background of my mind are always these fear/pressure thoughts: it is still hurting when will this stop? why did this new pain start? I wish I hadn't done <that> to trigger this new pain how will I feel a month from now? what can I do now to make the pain bearable? ... Prior to starting the TMS program (about 10 days ago), I used to keep (for over 4 months now) a detailed pain diary and spreadsheet tracking pain, giving it numbers and describing what made it better/worse. I've stopped maintaining that diary since starting the TMS program. I don't know if not doing it has made any discernible difference so far, but I do realize that I've almost always been preoccupied with the fear/pressure thoughts since my pain started 18 months ago. Reading more about TMS has given me some insight into how obsessing over pain can have a negative effect in terms of reinforcing the pain cycle. I'm trying to convert that obsessing into something positive - like using the times when I feel those thoughts to tell myself that the pain might not be structural and trying to identify what emotional triggers might be causing/worsening it. I hope that over time I can reduce the time spent thinking about it, but would like to know how you deal with it. Thanks.