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Daniel L. Vertigo and TMS

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    Hi
    I have dizziness and Vertigo . I would like to know where I start to help me work on my inner stress which I think is causing this dizziness. Can you point my in some kind of direction ? I have read Sarno's book . And I am not new to the TMS. I am just having a another bad spell of Dizziness now and what to try and help myself .
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  2. Daniel G Lyman LCSW

    Daniel G Lyman LCSW TMS Therapist

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    Dizziness and Vertigo are usually TMS symptoms. Knowing that, you should treat these symptoms just like any other TMS symptoms. And when I say that, remember that you are trying to eliminate the fear and preoccupation around the symptoms – not the symptoms themselves. Once you eliminate the fear and preoccupation, the symptoms will follow.

    If your symptoms scare you (and how could they not), then you know exactly what to do. Lean into the fear. Do things that scare you – all the while coaching yourself through it to keep fear at a minimum and keep your anxiety low. Early on, when the vertigo and dizziness are the most intense, it will be difficult to coach yourself through situations when the symptoms show up, but take your time and know that it will take persistence.

    One of the traps we fall into is thinking that our symptom (vertigo) is totally different from someone else’s back pain (for example). The reality is, however, that the symptoms may be different, but the cause is the same. Remind yourself of that when you’re reading the forum here on the wiki. Everyone’s story can be helpful to you, even if the symptoms feel very different.

    If you haven’t already, I recommend seeing a physician to help diminish the fear around the symptoms. If you’ve done that, then it’s up to you to dive in and attack this fear head on. Don’t let fear of your symptoms get in the way of living the life you want to live. It won’t happen overnight, but your symptoms will fade as you decrease that fear and anxiety.


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