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Allergies, Sinus Issues

Discussion in 'General Discussion Subforum' started by CMA, Apr 18, 2013.

  1. CMA

    CMA Peer Supporter

    Hi
    Has anybody tried using TMS techniques for Allergies/sinus issues. I suddenly started having them few years ago and now for the second time dealing with the surgery option that I want to avoid. I seem to get them randomly. So thought of asking how you dealt with it and if there are any successes/tips. Thank you
     
  2. chickenbone

    chickenbone Well known member

    Hi CMA, I have dealt with sinus and respiratory issues most of my life. I think most of it was TMS. I am
    better now, but still sometimes have bad attacks, usually when I am under a lot of stress. I frequently have trouble with this when I travel because I have travel phobia. The only physical problem I have had that could have contributed to the allergy symptoms is a parathyroid tumor (benign) that I had removed last year. I have only had 1 attack since them. Most of it has been related to my TMS. Something that I have had to really be always aware of is my allergy triggers. If I get a few sneezes, where most people would hardly notice, I can get very fearful that I am going to have a bad attack. The fear of having a problem is what sets off a lot of this. I almost had surgery a couple of times out of desperation, but other doctors have told me since that I have nothing wrong with my sinuses. I do believe that most allergy is TMS. The trick, I found, is to not look outside myself to find a trigger. In the past, I would tell myself that there was pollen, dust, smoke, musty smell, etc. as the reason for my attack. This would only serve to worsen the attack because I was giving it justification. Now I turn inward and ask what is going on psychologically with me. What am I afraid of? What are the psychological triggers? This has worked quite well for me. I had the same kinds of issues with Headaches and Back Pain, which are also TMS equivalents.
     
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  3. Stella

    Stella Well known member

    My first allergy symptoms occurred a few weeks after my Father told he and Mom were getting a divorcel I was 10 Years old.

    I have suffered sinus problems for years but finding Sarno has resulted in them being significantly less.

    This week my sister was planning a visit to my parents. I have had several new symptoms anticipating her arrival. The inside of my knees have been very painful, both thumb joints hurt and terrible itching of my eyes, nose and throat plus a runny nose. All have gone away with my awareness of how TMS is trying to distract me with something new (or old).
     
  4. Lori

    Lori Well known member

    Wow Stella!

    Yes, I used to sneeze when I mowed the lawn. Why? I didn't like mowing the lawn. Changed my mind and started to view it as good exercise and helping out my dad. Didn't sneeze anymore!

    If I seem to be sensitive to pollen or something, I usually check in with myself first to see what I'm anxious about or angry, etc. about. can usually find something going on and then do some work to adjust my thinking. This works for me.
     
  5. Dr James Alexander

    Dr James Alexander TMS author and psychologist

    CMA- i cured myself of chronic rhinitis after around 10 years of almost constant sneezing- using the TMS approach. There was a lot of deconditioning which needed to take place as i had internalised all the standard bull about food, pollens, dust mites, etc, etc- the list is endless. As with TMS pain, it is essentially an indicator that at a deep level, our mind/brain is struggling with unacknowledged and unwanted forms of emotional distress- and the sneezing comes either as an expression of that emotional/physiological tension, or as a means of ensuring that the distressed emotions remain on the 'back-burner' rather than front and centre in our minds. Despite having been free of this for around 10 years now, in the last month, i have had a return of it- it reached a high point a couple of days ago. To deal with it (when i finally got motivated to deal with it- after a couple of weeks), i began listening to my own Guided Imagery for Hay Fever cd. While doing this a couple of weeks ago, in a somewhat meditative state, it came up for me that the distressed emotions were about my father having died last year (grief) and my mother now having to live on her own and juggled having to sell a house, relocate and create a new life for herself after 61 years of marriage- on her own (my guilt- i live 2000km away). I am not confident that she is managing (anxiety, fears) or that it will be ok. Still, i kept on sneezing. It also occurred to me that my daughter is getting married this year (feel fine about it on a conscious level, but can believe it raises deeper issues of my aging and a sense of loss); and a week ago i was told i have to have a potentially dangerous skin cancer removed along with a skin graft (not happy about this- stress, some grief, sense of aging; worries about worst case scenarios- has it spread? etc). I am ok with myself or others using medications to help them manage symptoms while they are thinking psychologically about the issues. So, 2 nights ago i went to sleep with an antihistamine due to a terrible attack of sneezing; had to repeat that again yesterday morning. All the time i was still listening to my hay fever guided imagery cd. Yesterday afternoon, i listened to it again; then did some EFT tapping while i was listening to a bi-lateral stimulation recording i have made- and hey presto! My sinuses cleared up (they had been terribly congested and inflamed) as though i had taken the most powerful antihistamine. I repeated the procedure again this morning and am getting the same result today. My sinuses have gone from probably the worst congestion i have experienced them (and uncontrollable sneezing) to relatively clear and no sneezing at all- my diet, pollens, exposure to dust mites etc has not changed at all. I already knew this from my experience of getting over chronic rhinitis years ago, but i am again blown out by the reality of it- yes, i think our (or at least my) sinuses are incredibly sensitive to our emotional state- in fact, much more sensitive than our conscious mind/awareness is. Good luck with it- improvements are certainly possible.
     
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  6. chickenbone

    chickenbone Well known member

    James, let us know how you make out with the surgery, we all care very much about you. It sounds
    like you are doing well with the sinus problems. I know for me, I always see a clear connection between
    my stress level and allergies. It is odd that I never saw that before I became knowledgeable about TMS.
     
  7. CMA

    CMA Peer Supporter

    Thank you chickenbone, stella, Lori and James for your support and sharing your experience. I started having allergies 5 yrs ago when I had my second daughter and was in a stressful phase of my life. Since then been through 4 ENT doctors, tonnes of ABs, Steroid, one surgery for deviated septum.I am now being recommended a second surgery. I think my allergies and sinus congestion is TMS because I notice I get them usually the same time of the year when I have some ongoing stress, my allergy tests say I am allergic to mold and ragweed but ragweed doesn't start till August and I get sinusitis in April/November/March; I never even knew what is allergies or my septum is deviated till 5 yrs ago when it all started.
    So I am planning to postpone or not think about surgery and just complete my current second round of stronger ABs and try to treat it like TMS. I guess I worry if I ignore it, it will get worse and then I have to take steroids/more ABs.
    Any thoughts? Thanks so much again
     
  8. Lori

    Lori Well known member

    How about journaling about your stressors and how you FEEL about things? :)

    Dr. Alexander -- how interesting about your allergies! I have also started to listen to Nick Ortner about tapping, and it's so intersting how they also delve into feelings and our childhood to resolve issues.
     

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