How did you handle returning to work/looking for a new job? I know this question has been asked before, and that everyone's situation is different, but if anyone has any advice, I'd be glad to hear it. I'm 25 years old and have been dealing with new daily persistent headache (NDPH) for the past 12 months. I was originally working an office job when the pain started, and tried to "push through" the pain and use work as a distraction, but ultimately the pain was too much and I had to quit. I've been working on pain rewiring/TMS methods for the past 6 months or so, with no success. I've tried meditation, reading about pain science, somatic tracking, meeting with a TMS therapist, various medications, etc. and absolutely nothing has worked. I know that nothing is wrong with my head, so I could start looking for a new job, but since I haven't made any headway with the pain, I'm worried that I would go back to work and then have to quit because of the pain. But at the same time, I know going back to work is an important part of recovery, and I do want to hopefully do it eventually, I'm just not sure when. Even in pain, I've always been able to do pretty much anything I could before the pain happened, it just really sucks and I don't want to go back to work and have my quality of life go down the drain. I know that recovering from TMS takes time-- sometimes months or years-- and I don't want to rush it, but I also don't exactly have months/years to wait around for the pain to fade. I've thought about starting with volunteering or working part-time, but the thought of going back to any kind of work while I still have pain seems daunting and depressing. If I can't figure out how to deal with the pain now, when I have so much free time, how am I ever going to deal with it with work and everything else in the mix? Prior to starting TMS work, I'd been looking into nerve stimulators, because even if they weren't a perfect fix, at least having one might take the edge off of the pain enough to function. I don't want to impose an arbitrary deadline on myself to find a new job, but since I don't know when my TMS will fade, how do I handle this situation?