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    Hi
    Ten years ago I was diagnosed with a slipped disc and after about a year the problem was resolved. However three years ago after a bout of what was diagnosed as labyrinthitis I was left with one of my legs not performing properly.

    Most importantly I should point out that I am 56and have suffered with anxiety and agoraphobia all of my life. I have never taken medication and anxiety/agoraphobic provision in the UK is appalling.

    Anyway,three years ago my leg had what I assume was sciatic issues at the same time as I experienced a traumatic relationship break up, my dog died, my step-mother died, a friend committed suicide . I am isolated in many ways and whilst Iv was able to have various types of physio, osteo, tested for MS and examined for a mass in my abdomen (benign fibroids) my leg continued to weaken.

    I have a high IQ am a people pleaser and a perfectionist. After three years of this inability to walk, does it sound feasible to you that this is TMS? Is there anyone in the UK who can help me?
     
  2. Alex Bloom LCSW

    Alex Bloom LCSW TMS Therapist

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    Hi, thank you for the question.

    There is a lot that you're dealing with an from what you've written here it certainly sounds like your pain could be a TMS issue. Moving symptoms, pain arising in direct response to intense life challenges, character traits, all if it lines up with many of the common markers we see with TMS. That being said, it is very often quite helpful to see a physician that is familiar with TMS as they can break down your symptoms in more detail. I know that Dr. Straiton, based in Brighton, is familiar with Dr. Sarno and the TMS concepts.

    There are also a number of TMS therapists in the U.K. My colleagues at the Pain Psychology also see people on Skype.


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  3. Walt Oleksy

    Walt Oleksy Beloved Grand Eagle

    Hi, Guest. The best advice on anxiety and agoraphobia is Dr. Claire Weekes' book, Simple, Effective Treatment on Agoraphobia.
    It is more common than most people think. I read that it is more common in people who live on islands, such as England,
    but that it happens to many people everywhere. Agoraphobia can be overcome at any age, no matter how long a person has had it.
    The thing to remember is, it isn't fatal and you won't go bonkers.
     

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