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catherinet
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catherinet

New Member, Female, from Santa Monica, CA

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  • My Story

    I haven't yet been diagnosed with TMS but I seem to fit the description of the people who are most afflicted. My symptoms were gradual since June 2013 and coincided with a time of deep transition in my life--from an unfulfilling but lucrative career to a hybrid thing I haven't yet figured out--and from my singlehood to meeting my life partner.

    After suffering acutely in 2013, I returned to my former career and managed my pain pretty well throughout 2014. I was still a shell of my former self though, as I could not run or do yoga or over exert myself, and my life was pretty much consumed again with work and medical appts/self-care.

    Then in Nov 2014 I was rear ended on the way to work and that event seemed to be enough to put me over the edge. I was back where I started a year ago--bedridden with intense nerve pain down the right leg and an achey back.

    A friend had suggested Sarno's book Healing Back Pain in Sept 2013 and I read a chapter but found it overly simplistic.

    This time I gave it a thorough read and found my pain reduced from an 8 down to 4. It gave me a lot of hope and for the next 36 hours I was elated that I'd found my miracle.

    That was short lived though, as I contined my rounds through spine doctors, MRIs and pain meds, which I am currently on.

    I sense there is a deep undercurrent of worry, anxiety, fear and self-sabotage in my personality so I'm exploring a TMS therapist in my area. It's also frustrating that unlike some people in this forum, I can't just get up and walk around without painkillers. My pain is THAT bad. I can reduce it by 'talking to my brain', but I can't eliminate it. At least right now.

    So here I am on Day 1 a bit skeptical of abandoning the RX that literally allow me to walk to the bathroom. I guess my position today is that I probably have a bad case of TMS that has manifested itself into a very real physical problem--chronic back spasms that have crippled me with nerve pain at stressful times in my life so I need a combination of physical modalities and psychological therapy to recover fully. I know Sarno doesn't endorse the physical, but given that my appt with a TMS MD is in 3 weeks, I remain unsure of what my real issue is and how to fix it.
    1. painfreeB
      painfreeB
      relate. chronic pain for 40 years. still doubt this is the answer, but the more emotion I identify & release, the better I feel. the more I identify threads in past stressors, the closer to my source of long held anger & fear. still get frustrated & hard on myself then realize to give myself a break. 2 things; hang in there (it's a full time job) & believe in yourself. there really is no other alternative .
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  • My Story

    Gender:
    Female
    Location:
    Santa Monica, CA
    I haven't yet been diagnosed with TMS but I seem to fit the description of the people who are most afflicted. My symptoms were gradual since June 2013 and coincided with a time of deep transition in my life--from an unfulfilling but lucrative career to a hybrid thing I haven't yet figured out--and from my singlehood to meeting my life partner.

    After suffering acutely in 2013, I returned to my former career and managed my pain pretty well throughout 2014. I was still a shell of my former self though, as I could not run or do yoga or over exert myself, and my life was pretty much consumed again with work and medical appts/self-care.

    Then in Nov 2014 I was rear ended on the way to work and that event seemed to be enough to put me over the edge. I was back where I started a year ago--bedridden with intense nerve pain down the right leg and an achey back.

    A friend had suggested Sarno's book Healing Back Pain in Sept 2013 and I read a chapter but found it overly simplistic.

    This time I gave it a thorough read and found my pain reduced from an 8 down to 4. It gave me a lot of hope and for the next 36 hours I was elated that I'd found my miracle.

    That was short lived though, as I contined my rounds through spine doctors, MRIs and pain meds, which I am currently on.

    I sense there is a deep undercurrent of worry, anxiety, fear and self-sabotage in my personality so I'm exploring a TMS therapist in my area. It's also frustrating that unlike some people in this forum, I can't just get up and walk around without painkillers. My pain is THAT bad. I can reduce it by 'talking to my brain', but I can't eliminate it. At least right now.

    So here I am on Day 1 a bit skeptical of abandoning the RX that literally allow me to walk to the bathroom. I guess my position today is that I probably have a bad case of TMS that has manifested itself into a very real physical problem--chronic back spasms that have crippled me with nerve pain at stressful times in my life so I need a combination of physical modalities and psychological therapy to recover fully. I know Sarno doesn't endorse the physical, but given that my appt with a TMS MD is in 3 weeks, I remain unsure of what my real issue is and how to fix it.