Hi everyone! Sorry for the long read but I have just struggled with this issue my whole life so there is a lot to explain! I've dealt with a pretty debilitating chronic pain since I was about ten years old. Incidentally, that is sort of when my whole life got flipped upside down. I was playing baseball and somehow caught a ball with my face. It didn't hurt bad at the time but the next day I woke up and had what I would later find out to be a herpes infection on my lips. I guess my damaged lips from the hit weakened my immune system - I'm not exactly sure. To spare some details, it was pretty bad at first. It was gross. It was incredibly sensitive; if I were to touch my lower chest I would feel a shiver of discomfort that would make my whole body quake. For about three weeks I could barely open my mouth. I hid from people. I all of a sudden felt like an ugly monster of sorts and just different I suppose. The virus came back every couple months for a few months lessening in severity and occurrence each time until eventually I just seized to have any infections after several years. However, since that day I have had unremitting chronic pain. It feels like sort of a severe discomfort and at times a burning feeling. It is always there it just varies day to day in pain. If I don't get enough sleep it is just incredibly painful and it is all I can think about - I can't smile without much discomfort and certain foods are hard to eat. What I find compelling, after reading some of Sarno's books and after having a shoulder pain lessened from believing it was TMS, is that my chronic pain has just been the constant thing in my life that I have paid attention to. It has been the thing that I have always believed held me back. The whole start of it was also the change in my life that made me into a carefree calm person to someone who is just stressed out all the time, more turned inward, more anxious and depressed. What I noticed about my shoulder pain is how much it stressed me out - questions like: "I work a physical job... if I can't use my shoulder what will I do?"and so on. Just constantly thinking about the issue. In the time that I have stopped thinking about it and more or less ignoring it, it has felt so much better. This obsession I felt is just like the one I've had with my lips. Anyway, if you've read this far I appreciate it - do you think TMS could be a potential cause?