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Discussion in 'Ask a TMS Therapist' started by Eastcoast, Aug 9, 2016.

  1. Eastcoast

    Eastcoast New Member

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    Hi,
    I'm trying so hard, but I still have doubts inside me that my herniated discs are what's causing my pain.
    I understand fully that I've had them there for a long time, and that when I put something heavy down 3 months ago, I felt the pain. I know that it doesn't make sense to blame this pain on herniations, but I keep hearing my docs voice, and seeing the MRI in my mind! How do I stop it???? Help!!
     
  2. Alex Bloom LCSW

    Alex Bloom LCSW TMS Therapist

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    Hi there Eastcoast, thanks for the question.

    Doubts around causality and a preoccupation with structural issues is probably the most common issue that people run into. I see it in one form or another with basically 100% of my clients, so you are in good company. It is very important for you to do what you can to gather evidence that can help you feel certain about what is going on for you. Speaking with doctor that is familiar with TMS is a hugely impactful intervention. An MRI that shows mild herniation might not be enough to explain the kind of symptoms you feel, but if your physician is familiar with Mind-Body syndrome, then they could well focus on what they see and if all they see is the herniation then they will think that it's the main event. Converesely, a TMS physician will not hesitate to tell you if what they see on the MRI could be responsible for you symptoms. This can give you clarity one way or another and I think it's a very important step.

    Once you have taken it, you can begin working on the conditioned fear response that your back pain triggers. You have to remember that it's not about stopping the fear, but understanding that it is an ingrained pattern that is driven by the pain. By understanding that the purpose of the pain is to create fear and preoccupation, you can then begin to question that process and get some relief from that fear.


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  3. Eastcoast

    Eastcoast New Member

    Thanks a lot! I actually have a Skype meeting with a TMS Doc tomorrow. I hope I have Tms:(!
     
  4. Lavender

    Lavender Well known member

    Good luck! Hope you will let us know how it goes.
     
  5. Eastcoast

    Eastcoast New Member

    Great news everyone, there is nothing wrong with me! The Doc said one hundred percent Tms. I'm just thrilled that its in my head, and not a real problem!
    I am in construction, and I use my back all day. The Doc said to continue lifting and bending through the pain to teach my mind that I'm fine. Anyone have some good tips for me?
     
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  6. nelle

    nelle Peer Supporter

    hi East coast , how did you find your on line TMS doctor . was it a one of appointment to diagnose you.?
    Nelle
     
  7. Eastcoast

    Eastcoast New Member

    Hi, I was looking at the Tms Doc list and I emailed a couple of them. His was the most suportive, kind and genuine answer that I got. It was more like a chat than an appointment, and I will always appreciate that time he gave me.
     
  8. Tennis Tom

    Tennis Tom Beloved Grand Eagle

    That's great news! Which TMS physician did you skype with?
    Thanks.
     
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  9. stubbins7856

    stubbins7856 New Member

    I too would like to know which doc!
     
  10. stubbins7856

    stubbins7856 New Member

    Did it cost money?
     

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