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Discussion in 'General Discussion Subforum' started by bubba890, Sep 8, 2023.

  1. bubba890

    bubba890 Newcomer


    I have a lot of anxiety and resonate with a lot of the pain prone personalities that Sarno talks about like perfectionism and so on.
    I had the flu about 6 weeks ago and ever since then have had a chronic cough. It is a lot better now to where I am still coughing but not nearly as bad as it was for the last month. Last week I started to develop a sharp pain on my rib cage in the area between my arm pit and right my pec. I believe it is Costcondritis. At first I thought it was because of my cough since I read that coughing can cause this. It’s been hurting for about a week and it hasn’t gotten any better.
    I was under a lot of stress the last two weeks and I am thinking that TMS could be playing a role.

    just curious if anyone has dealt with this and if this could be TMS or Costco from the cough..thank you
    Last edited: Sep 8, 2023
  2. Bonnard

    Bonnard Peer Supporter

    Hello @bubba890,

    Have you been checked out by a doctor? Nobody on this forum is going to be able to diagnosis or give you any kind of medical advice.
    You mention your anxiety and perfectionism in the first line and the stress you are under near the last line. That's where to put your focus as far as the MindBody/TMS side.

    There are a couple older threads on Costcondritis. Here is one of them:
    https://www.tmswiki.org/forum/threads/tms-and-tms-equalivants-or-mechanical-issue.14643/ (TMS and TMS equalivants or mechanical issue?)

    Be careful though. It's easy to try to fit your particular symptoms into somebody else's. That's just putting heavy duty focus on the physical and moving away from the solution.
    It's also easy to try to diagnosis yourself and make decisions based off that. It's risky, especially since you mention that you connect with the "pain prone personalities that Sarno talks about." Those kinds of personalities are prob'ly going to find some kind of difficult illness that fits them. Prob'ly not the kind of personality that shrugs off symptoms or doesn't extensively worry and search Google for their particular symptoms. etc.

    I wish you the best!!
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  3. Bonnard

    Bonnard Peer Supporter

    Check out the "Manifestations of TMS" tab on this site:

    The list just goes on and on!
    There are many lists of that sort, and it's helpful for me to read what Dr. Sarno referred to as "the many faces of TMS."
    That particular list is from a doctor who was treated by Dr. Sarno and pursued a medical degree/career later in life--with a focus on building on Sarno's work.
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