Hello again, Good news, the last EMG test results were fine. The technician said that probably I don't have any muscle disease. I'm still waiting for an official confirmation from my neurologist next month but it made me more certain in the TMS diagnosis. Just a reminder for those who didn't read my last posts: I'm a 35 years old guy, suffering for almost one year from RSI and elbow pain – both in my right hand, fatigue, shortness of breath, nausea, anxiety (and particularly health anxiety), mood swings, upper back pain, chest, and shoulders pain and especially tightness of these organs. Recently, the symptoms became more weakness oriented than pain oriented, yet the specialists don't know what I have. Some suspect CFS or Fibromyalgia. In my last post I described how my wrist pain became 80% healed and how this experience gave me confidence in the Tms recovery process. I have the TMS personality and red Saron's first book. However I have not actually completed the Structured Educational Program yet. Up until now I did only some journaling using few tips given in certain "program days". Recently I decided to go through the program more thoroughly, so I started over again day by day. I'm now on day 5 and I would like to consult with you about this day's "question to ponder" dealing with going back into activities. I made a list of activities that I used to do and "cannot" do anymore, thank to my Tms condition. I noticed that some of these activities may not good for me anymore whereas others are necessary to recovery, and the symptoms serve as just a distraction from unpleasant emotions. For example, pushup exercises. I used to do them one year ago and stopped after the start of my chronic pain. Quite recently I have tried to do them again, beginning very gradually from only one set of 7 once a week to two sets of 7 twice a week. I still felt so bad after doing these push up sets as my back and chest became terribly stiff and hurt. I used to relate this feeling to Cfs most famous symptom called "post exertional malaise" or to some muscle disease. Now I'm almost sure it’s the fear from doing this activity, as part of Tms manifestation. I'm aware of some certain emotional issue I had when this fear occurred initially – the same as with my RSI pain - the fear from rejection (described in my last post). So I have tried to take that into account when I was doing the pushups, but still my body hurt several days after the activity.. Due to these unpleasant experiences I stopped exercise this way even though I knew it was most likely TMS. So maybe I miss something here and the body implies me I should strength my upper muscles differently? The same happen to me when I swim play bowling or even billiard (each one has its own emotional story but still, can't do them). Another example is chess. This one is particularly interesting as it has nothing to do with muscles or exercising. I used to play chess a lot when I was young (including tournaments) and also 5 years ago - just for fun this time. I noticed that in the last year I became very dizzy and anxious during every match, even if it took place online. So it may be some buried emotion or that my body said I needed to change activities – to something more calm and less intellectual? Can’t tell for sure.. I'm working with my psychologist about identity issues such as that I wish to work with people and be less intellectual.. so it could be connected to that topic as well. But still, can't tell exactly. On the other hand, professional course (marketing tools for freelancers) I take these days makes me feel better. It may be part of developing my professional identity to the point I want to. Nevertheless I still wanna go back being active at list just a little. These days I can only walk for 20 minutes, no running no other exercises, almost nothing (unless I feel worse afterwards). Dr. Howard Schubiner described the protecting function of the symptoms in his blog (refered in the SEP day 5): "Finally, her body reacted by giving her severe migraine headaches and fatigue. These reactions were her body’s way of trying to protect her, i.e. forcing her to rest, to lie down, to stop doing so much for everyone else and to do something for herself". On the other hand, other references such as in Sarno's book as well as in other Schubiners' texts suggest that the symptoms protect us from unpleasant emotions, so we should be aware of these feelings while moving on with the activities (because we are normal and healthy). Under both scenarios I know that it is most likely TMS that making up the symptoms. But how I suppose to recognize the true function of tms during these activities? Should I do the activities anyway or listen to my body and stop doing these particular ones? Or maybe I should think about other kinds of activities instead? I would welcome any advice or interesting insight on this issue, as I truly wish to be active again without harming myself.