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Discussion in 'Structured Educational Program' started by GypsyGirl, Feb 27, 2017.

  1. GypsyGirl

    GypsyGirl Newcomer

    While TMS as a diagnosis is rather new to me, I’ve experienced elusive symptoms all of my life. First it was growing pains, then IBS, then rib pain, then TMJ, then hip issues, and now shoulder/neck/arm/back pain. Over the years, I’ve seen many specialists; most have found nothing wrong. The pain has always gone away until last year about this time when I started getting tingling, stiffness, and pain in my left hand/arm/shoulder. I went to several specialists who diagnosed it as shoulder impingement, carpal tunnel, bicep tendonitis, and thoracic outlet syndrome. None suggested physical therapy, however, I did PT exercises on my own for several months, which only made the pain worse. Over the summer, the feelings moved to my right arm and now it’s in my neck and back. In August after much research, I came across Dr. Sarno. I immediately read all of his books. Everything made complete sense to me at that point and I felt it was TMS. I didn’t realize that healing would take work. I would need to do some serious soul searching and self-realization. Because that seemed exhausting at the time and fear was my best friend, I started back to the doctors. I had loads of bloodwork and MRIs done and the only two things to pop up were a mildly positive ANA, which I’ve had for years but doesn’t scare me and an antibody for Stiff Person Syndrome; a very rare progressive neurological disorder that causes extremely painful muscle rigidity. Since I have mild stiffness in my arms/hands/shoulders/neck, I immediately believed I was doomed for a life of painful spasms and would be wheelchair bound before I was 40. That was in October. In December, I came across Steve O’s book and it spoke to me like nothing else. I was able to see many things from a deeper perspective and really focus on the “why” behind my pain. The more I did that, the more symptoms I got. Deep down, I truly believe my pain is TMS. I want to believe so much in the TMS but my mind keeps going back to the positive antibody for SPS, which by the way happens to 1 in a million people. I keep telling myself that just because I might carry the antibody doesn’t mean my symptoms are from it. It’s difficult convincing my brain of that. I lost my mom to cancer when I was 9, so repression and separation issues are definitely there. I know this will be a difficult journey, but I’m finally ready to make a commitment to myself.
  2. Walt Oleksy (RIP 2021)

    Walt Oleksy (RIP 2021) Beloved Grand Eagle

    Hi, GypsyGirl. You've come to the right place to heal. You do have to stop thinking your pain may in any way be structural. From your reading so far, you can see it is TMS, from repressed emotions.

    The Structured Educational Program will lead you through steps that will help you to discover the harmful emotions. You have just begun the program so you need to spend at least 15 minutes to half an hour a day on each step of the program. You may be tempted to spend more time on the program each day, or do more outside reading, but that could keep your mind thinking more about your pain. It's better to think positive and find ways to enjoy your days.

    You don't say whether you read Dr. John Sarno's book, HEALING BACK PAIN. I strongly suggest you read it, because it is the bedrock of Steve Ozanich's book and the "bible" of TMS. Especially read Sarno's 12 Daily Reminders. They sum up h is philosophy of TMS.

    1.The pain is due to TMS,not to a structural abnormality
    2.The direct reason for the pain is mild oxygen deprivation
    3.TMS is a harmless condition caused by my repressed emotions
    4.The principal emotion is my repressed ANGER
    5.TMS exists only to distract my attentions from the emotions
    6.Since my back is basically normal there is nothing to fear
    7.Therefore,physical activity is not dangerous
    8.And I MUST resume all normal physical activity
    9.I will not be concerned or intimidated by the pain
    10.I will shift my attention from pain to the emotional issues
    11.I intend to be in control-NOT my subconscious mind
    12.I must think Psychological at all times,NOT physical.
  3. GypsyGirl

    GypsyGirl Newcomer

    Thanks for the response, Walt! Yes, I've read all of Sarno's books. They were extremely helpful but Steve's book really resonated with me. For a long time, I would baby my pain. I haven't done that in several months. I tend to walk 20 miles a week....it's my thinking time!
  4. Walt Oleksy (RIP 2021)

    Walt Oleksy (RIP 2021) Beloved Grand Eagle

    Walking is one of the best forms of exercise... while walking be sure to breathe deeply and live in the present moment, enjoying the sights, sounds, etc. around you, and think positive.

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