After I posted last time in Walt's thread about Christmas saying after I rested a few days mid back pain went away, shoulder pain came on with a vengeance. I knew it was TMS so I tried to ignore it, read in a new pain book I learned from here, got angry, tried not to get angry, rested, went to gym, stayed home, went out, took baths, ice, heat, Valium, Advil, nothing, wine, ate too much, watched tv, movies, read fun books, etc.,,, You get the idea the distraction of it is obviously working wonderfully since it is driving me crazy for past week and half. I came here today and read in one thread about letting the fear go. I laughed because I realized I had yet fallen into the trap of anxious thoughts even though I thought I was trying to ignore my pain and press on to regular life. I had a lot of reasons for stress this past month working retail, dealing with stressed out boss and customers and work mates, my husbands guilt (he is fully retired now this was first winter and was too worried about me) the normal feelings about kids who all live out of state and the closest one going through messy divorce, thinking about when work slows down I have to deal with the real issue I have been avoiding...selling our house this spring and all the work to get it ready. Just thinking about the house thing feels me with dread and tension...so no wonder TMS came calling to give me something to think about besides that. In the book I am reading The Hidden psychology of Pain I read sometimes if you are in the middle of a unresolved issue the pain won't go away until it gets resolved. I find myself wondering if that means I will have bouts of pain until after we move.