Part of the most frustrating part of having chronic pain/symptoms is that you pay so much money and time of treatments that do nothing. I once valued being pain free at around $400,000 (of course I did, I'm an economist). When we spend all of this money and do a ton of treatments that do nothing, it is very easy to think that we will never get better. I see a lot of parallels between CVS and RSI. I also used all of the aids and "good posture devices" that were supposeldly going to reduce my symptoms and keep me pain free. Of course, the only thing these devices did was make me feel like I was damaged and disabled. I totally agree with Jan, and Dr. Sarno, that we have to give up our crutches and fully believe in the TMS diagnosis. We need to understand that TMS treatment is completely different then every other failed approach we have tried previously, and that is why it works. I was able to break my belief that I was damaged and disabled by understanding the nature of TMS and its treatment. Do this and see what comes up. It may provide a lot of useful insights about what areas you need to address and what is holding you back.