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    Hello, I wonder if you confirm whether this is TMS or equivalent.

    Two years ago I contracted genital herpes. I didn't tell anybody and kept it secret. I didn't even shout at the guy as I didn't want anybody to know. It came as a soul-destroying shock. I dealt with the shame/fear/depression on my own in secret and just pretended I didnt have it. Fast forward a year and I developed pain on my shoulder blade for about 5 months, it never really bothered me and it disappeared on it's own. After this I developed pain in my vulva that was diagnosed by a doctor as vulvodynia and they were unable to tell me the cause. This gave me anxiety and health anxiety. I focused on the anxiety and vulvodynia every day. I read somewhere that my fears of future sexual contact caused this. Once I made the connection, it disappeared. Once I realised that anxiety was just protecting me, this disappeared too. Vulvodynia was then replaced with daily tingles and weird nerve sensations in the genitals, left leg and left foot. The doctor didn't really care and put it down to herpes. The gyno lady said herpes doesn't do that on a daily basis. I have some numbness too. This scared me and I've focused on nothing else since. Recently the tingles have stopped and have been replaced with mild persistent genital arousal disorder. In the past year it's been one thing to fear after another. All in the genital region. I came across Dr Sarno's book after reading a vulvodynia blog and after reading it I believe everything I've had are TMS equivalenta. When one thing stops, another follows. And I can't talk to anyone about it therefore I have repressed it. The only thing that's stopping me 100% believing that the current arousal disorder is TMS, is the fact he doesn't refer to it in his book. He refers to genitourinary and gynocology issues but doesn't go into any detail. I think I need reassurance from a professional before I can truly believe it.

    Kind Regards, Lindsey
     
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  2. Derek Sapico MFT

    Derek Sapico MFT TMS Therapist

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    Thanks for your question, Lindsey.

    Wow, it sounds like you've been in quite the roller coaster with all of these migrating symptoms. Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder (PGAD) is one of those "syndromes" that nobody seems to be able to explain medically. It is frequently acknowledged as a psychological disorder and surgical/medication interventions have little to no efficacy.

    Is this starting to sound familiar?

    There are multiple syndromes/symptoms that Sarno neglected to mention in his books. This only has to do with the prevalence of certain symptoms over others at different times. The fact that he did not talk about PGAD does not exclude it from TMS consideration by any means. The brain can create almost any symptom in any part of your body, including the symptoms associated with PGAD.

    The fear/preoccupation cycle that you describe is textbook TMS. From where I sit, a TMS diagnosis seems like a slam dunk. If you have any doubts about your diagnosis, invest in a trip to see a reputable TMS physician who may be able to give you the certainty that you need. Otherwise, gather your evidence and take that leap of faith that all TMS'ers must make in order to recover.

    Best of luck!

    -Derek


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  3. Ferndale37

    Ferndale37 Peer Supporter

    Hi Lindsey,

    I can't comment on the other stuff, but I hopefully can make you feel a bit better about herpes, whish is a really misunderstood condition. many people have the virus without ever having flare ups. it's much more common than you think.

    My partner has the condition and I freaked out at first until I read this site :

    https://herpes.org.uk (Home - Herpes Viruses Association)

    Hope it helps
     

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