I've been doing the program for almost 3 weeks now, and didn't sign up for the forums before today. I love forums, and used to be involved in them a lot in my teens/twenties, so I was worried that I would be sucked in, become too preocupied with TMS, etc. But now I think I need the community. I've had a really tough year. Where I live, it is really, really hard to get a job. I went to school to become a Library Technician, worked a contract job after that, and then was really lucky to get another contract job as a library assistant after that which lasted for half a year. It paid really well and was great experience, but it was very stressful, both mentally and physically . That job ended, I went on EI, and of course when the job ended I had a really bad cold so I was in misery for about 3 weeks. No TMS symptoms started yet. I love to knit and crochet, and play video games, so i started doing all of those in between sending out resumes. Somewhere near the end of June, I hit my arm against the lip of a dryer, and it hurt a lot. On July 1st (Canada Day), I had a lot of pain in my forearms and right elbow. A friend bumped my arm on the bus in a way that shouldn't have hurt but it made me shriek. On Canada day I was with friends and my boyfriend walking around the city trying to enjoy myself, but my arms hurt. I immediately blamed knitting, because I had been working on a cable-knit sweater. I've been knitting for 10 years and have done things way more difficult, but it seemed like the culprit. Then I thought maybe it was the contract job I had been working, because the last 5 weeks involved sitting at a different desk than I was used to and lifting/moving a lot of small boxes with documents. I didn't have a family doctor at this time, so I went to a clinic. He said I might have tendonitis, to get an arm brace, and rest. I obeyed. I kept knitting, though with the brace on my arm. In September I got a really, really awesome job that is permanent and full-time. I still had the pain. It was mostly in my elbow, sometimes it was in my arm all the way to my hands, sometimes it was in my left elbow too (the none-dominant one). It didn't make any sense to me. My new job involves typing, proofreading, transcribing, formatting text, and also standing up things like binding several papers into a volume or modifying actual books. I also had health insurance now. I went to another doctor at another clinic who shamed me for not having a family doctor, wrote me a prescription, and said it could take a year or more to heal. He also said to go to physiotherapy. I called a relative who is a retired doctor (an internist) and he said it would likely go away after a while, maybe sooner than a year, but to take the anti-inflammatories. I went to physiotherapy. He thought I had a pinched nerve, spent a long time working on my shoulder blades and neck, had me on a pulse machine, then eventually lifting weights after 8 weeks. No change. I went to my parents' place for Christmas (they live in a different, but nearby, province) where I was stressed and cold all the time (that was another thing, I became really, really sensitive to cold. Cold hurt.). My parents keep the house cold and just bundle up in layers, and even though I warned them about my sensitivity, when my boyfriend and I arrived for the visit, the house was about 15c. And that was warmed up. I could get them to go up to 18c during the day. Anyway, this isn't about my parents, though they are definitely a source of stress. After getting back from the trip, my symptoms were worse than ever. In January, I finally got a family doctor. She was nice, but didn't seem to know what to do with me. She said I was fine, but if I liked I could go to physiotherapy, and she suggested anti-inflamatories. By this time, I didn't think they did anything for me aside from making me bloated. Also, another lovely new symptom; I don't drink often, but I noticed that when I did, even just having a beer, I would wake up at night with burning pain in my arms. It baffled me and anyone I told it to. That doesn't happen anymore, thankfully. Oh, she also had me get an x-ray of my elbow, it's perfectly normal. Doctors have also commented that my arm is strong. Work was still painful, but I just sort of suffered through it. I really need this job, my boyfriend is unemployed (it's still hard to find a job. I only got this one because a friend knows someone who works there and I have a couple of skills that are uncommon that they needed), so I started stressing more and more about that. I would spend most of my non-work time laying down, doing nothing, resting. I stopped knitting, crocheting and playing video games in December. I felt like I couldn't even hold up a book to read, I started listening to audio books. I went to physiotherapy again, RPW shockwave therapy, dry needling. She thought it was tendonitis, and then after 8 weeks she felt that I was cured. I still had pain, and she said "I don't know why you still have pain, there's nothing there. You're fine. You can exercise." I did 3 weeks of exercises for my forearm, then had excruciating pain one day in my left arm. Burning pain. All of a sudden my sensitivity to cold was gone, and now I couldn't tolerate anything on my arms. In March, when it was still cold outside. That lasted about a week (I found that I had no pain if I let my arms be cold). I went to massage therapy, who stopped the burning, then a chiropractor, and that was about 2 months. I saw a sports medicine doctor, and was having a good pain day that day. He didn't think I had tendonitis, said he could give me a cortisone shot if I still had a lot of pain in a couple of months but he thought I'd be okay. I stopped seeing the massage therapist and chiropractor when I read Dr. Sarno's book. I am convinced that I have TMS, especially when I look back at my symptoms, but I'm having a hard time changing my thought patterns around. I started knitting and playing video games again, and reading on the bus, and exercising, but the pain is still there. It doesn't reach the peaks it used to, but it still moves around, goes to different places. I can't settle on one method to deal with it, either, I don't know whether to ignore it, be indifferent to it, use positive thinking, yell at my subconscious, try to feel (whenever I try to focus on my feelings, I usually feel blankness or emptiness). I journal a lot - I love journalling - but I don't find that I'm finding anything. I read Dr. Sarno's book and Dr. Brady's book. I do affirmations, I try to take care of myself. But it's frustrating to try to be focusing on, say, formatting a text at work, and react or not react to the pain. I'm getting too into my responces, and I don't know how to adjust. I also still have incoming sources of stress; I'm moving in less than a week (just from one side of town to another, closer to my work) and my uncle just died. Anyway, thanks for reading. I read a few other posts that were about symptoms in the arm, and it helped me to know that other people have this too.