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Day 1: accepting my eye pain

Discussion in 'Structured Educational Program' started by Minta98, Jan 20, 2021.

  1. Minta98

    Minta98 New Member

    I've been dealing with horrendous eye pain for nearly a year now. I've been to countless doctors, tried different drugs and signed up to all the Facebook groups. I only get a flare up when I smell certain smells such as cigarette smoke. I am also unable to wear contacts and can only wear glasses.

    I discovered Dr Sarno and TMS a few days ago, and once again feel hopeful. I am a very tense person, ambitious, hard working, conscientious and a bit of a people pleaser, so I fit the description. I do also have repressed anger and frustration from my childhood. I am now working with a therapist to become more aware of my feelings and trust my body (I am also dealing with hip pain and a diagnosis of hip dysplasia).

    Here's to hope!
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  2. giulietta90

    giulietta90 New Member

    Hi Minta98!
    Just a welcome, good luck, and keep us posted! <3
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  3. ssxl4000

    ssxl4000 Well known member

    Hello and welcome! It is great you are already working with a therapist. They are very helpful if you start uncovering painful feelings and memories though your TMS work. Good luck!
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  4. Minta98

    Minta98 New Member

    Thank you for your kind words everyone.

    My therapist is great, and I am so glad to be working with her. What’s confusing about the eye pain is that something deep inside me does believe it is structural rather than emotional. I am still going to doctors, doing eye exercises for possible convergence insufficiency... if I am to completely accept that it is TMS, should I stop going to doctors?
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  5. ssxl4000

    ssxl4000 Well known member

    At some point, yes. However, you need to make that switch when you are comfortable. If your doctors don't seem to know the issue and are just cycling through different treatments to see what if anything works, then it may be time to move on from them. If they are still trying to rule out common structural issues, then I would advise letting them finish. It takes time for your brain to accept that nothing is structurally wrong (if that is indeed the case). Modern medicine is very good at finding problems though, so if you get to the point where the doctors are shrugging their shoulders and saying they don't know what it is, then TMS is a very likely candidate. Good luck!
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  6. Balsa11

    Balsa11 Well known member

    Maybe some cucumbers can help with the dryness and heat? Otherwise this sounds like TMS.
  7. BloodMoon

    BloodMoon Beloved Grand Eagle

    While you're still being investigated to make sure that there is nothing structural going on, to make your eyes more comfortable, I suggest doing what is demonstrated in this video www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_XH6BFUTVA. I find it helps me relax my eyes and reduces my own eye pain. Along the same lines as in the video link I've posted, you could simply rub the palms of your hands together for a few seconds and then cup over your closed eyes with your palms for a while, whilst putting your attention on you breath (nice slow breaths) and relaxing.

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