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    Is tinnitus a form of TMS? I had TMS and think it has moved.
     
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    Hi, thanks for the question.

    Tinnitus is definitely one of the ways that TMS can manifest itself and I have certainly seen some clients that were suffering from it. It can manifest in a very wide array of forms. Basically, if it involves a sensation as interpreted by the brain, it has the potential to be a manifestation of TMS. Remember the issue here is not the physical, structural component of what is going on, but how our brain unconsciously processes it, and it's capacity to generate fear and act as a distractor. This is why people are often affected in a way that has a high potential for fear and vulnerability. For example, a sprinter will be much more concerned about shin splints than a writer, just as the writer might be much more concerned about wrist pain than the sprinter. This doesn't mean that symptoms will always have this "direct" connection, but it can certainly be a strong piece of evidence when the correlation is present.


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