By way of background, I am a three-year TMS sufferer/recoverer, and I believe that I have basically memorized Dr. Sarno's book. Every year or so, I have a flare up of pain - usually in my lower back - and every time, I perform all the recommended exercises such as talking to my brain, performaing all normal activities, and so on. My pattern has been gradual relief of pain within a few days and then I get back to my normal stressed out life. This past month has been an unusual one for me, however, with a pattern of pain that has changed, turned on and off, and does not seem to be responding to the normal TMS techniques. It all started with an intense period of unbelievable stress for about six months, during which time, I was focused on familay and work activities that required my full, undivided attention. Without going into specific detail, I can share that the time included severe work-related issues, death of a family member, and financial issues - all hitting at once. I made it through the period, finally - and experienced great feelings of relief when I realized that things were looking up. But as may be the case for some of you reading this, I soon developed that early twinge of lower back pain that has been my signal that TMS is on its way. I also noticed that felt like I was getting some sort of cold/cough, and this terrified me, because coughung with TMS back pain is like a double stab in the back. I decided that I wasn't going to stand for it - and I spent time really talking to my brain about this TMS. I meditated and connecting with my subconscious - and magically, both the twinges and the beginning cold just stopped. I was amazed. However, just as these symptoms stopped, my shoulder, arm, and wrist began to ache terribly. THis gradually increased to the point where it was almost unbearable. I had business-related trips with air travel, and had no choice but to force my way through it. But for almost three weeks, the situation was tough. Suspecting TMS, I focused on everything we've all been taught - and eventually, three or so days ago, I felt relief in my shoulder and elbow. I even wrote in my journal how grateful I was that the pain was gone and that I was feeling so good. But just as that pain stopped, yesterday, I felt that damn twinge again. And sure enough, today, I have full-flegded lower back pain - with the usual twisted body, limping walk, and fear of acute flare-up. My question to the group is whether anyone has seen such a pattern before? I know TMS is notorious for moving pain around, but I've never experienced this before - namely, having worked through a full round of pain, concentration, and gradual improvement, followed by what appears to be a new process in a different location. Looking forward to any advice or insights. Thanks.