Q&A: My pain started long ago. Will it take a longer time to get rid of it?
Answer by Howard Schubiner, MD
This is an excellent question that is frequently asked. There are several things that determine which people get better from TMS and how quickly. However, I do not believe that the length of time that they have had TMS is one of them. One of the proposed mechanisms for how TMS develops in the brain is that nerve connections develop that create pain pathways. One would think that if these path pathways have been active for many years, that they would be ingrained and hard to break. However, I have not seen this to be the case. The major things which determine if someone gets better from TMS are these:
I would maintain a positive view on the possibility of getting better, even if it started 42 years ago. If you work on the issues mentioned above, you should be able to make great progress.
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