This question was submitted via our Ask a TMS Therapist program. To submit your question, click here. Question I was fairly disabled with pain in 2005. After reading Dr. Sarno's books and applying the principles, I experienced a dramatic recovery. I have also worked with a therapist on my anxiety and started a regular meditation practice. I still have *some* pain and flare-ups, but no more disability because I don't let the pain stop me from doing what I want. I've sat for hours, run marathons, etc. I also still have anxiety, but similarly I'm getting a lot better at not letting anxious feelings run my life and set limits on what I do. I'm generally happy with my life, but every once in a while, I get upset and frustrated that the pain isn't *completely* gone. I start researching different kinds of therapy, etc. and worrying about what deeper issues I still have that are causing continued pain. These worries - and my efforts to "fix" things - lead to overanalyzing and anxiety. I get obsessed with doing TMS recovery "right." I know I tend to be a perfectionist. Is it possible to become too perfectionistic about TMS recovery itself? At what point do we need to say, "You know, this is actually pretty good even if it isn't perfect," and choose to just live our lives even with some remaining pain and the possible deeper issues that are causing it? Do we need to have a perfect recovery (100% pain free) to consider ourselves a success story?