I have been reading a lot about how the stresses and strains of living a fast paced life is a huge factor in creating TMS, but my own pain only began when I was fortunate enough to retire early. I admit that I had been previously going through a stressful time with my family, but it wasn't until all the dust had settled, and I found myself with a lot of time on my hands that my pain really started to become consistent and chronic. The really stressful period of my life was 7 years ago now, and I feel I have worked through most of the emotional damage caused at the time. My pain persists, even though life for me now is really good, and I have managed to fill some of my time with fulfilling activities. I suppose my question is can TMS also exist when life takes on a much slower pace? I suppose I am at a loss to understand why I should still be in pain, when my life holds no stressors, and I can pretty much please myself most days.