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Day 10 Is a cold/sinus infection TMS?

Discussion in 'Structured Educational Program' started by Daisy2, Jan 31, 2019.

  1. Daisy2

    Daisy2 Newcomer

    It's been a really stressful couple months, and I've gotten sick twice (was better in between for less than a week). I'm definitely having a hard time believing its TMS, only because I'm really not sure!

    There is at least one thing they have in common though - I can't seem to stop focusing on how I feel, and worrying about how long it's taking to get better. I'm not sure if I'm obsessing by resting a lot or if that's what I need to be doing to recover!
  2. Dorado

    Dorado Beloved Grand Eagle

    Stress is a notoriously huge factor behind one's susceptibility to viruses such as colds:

    https://www.nytimes.com/1998/05/12/science/a-cold-fact-high-stress-can-make-you-sick.html (A Cold Fact: High Stress Can Make You Sick)

    https://www.health24.com/Medical/Flu/News/can-stress-cause-colds-and-flu-20170615 (Can stress cause colds and flu?)

    https://abcnews.go.com/Health/ColdandFluNews/chronic-stress-feeds-common-cold-study-finds/story?id=16054304 (Chronic Stress Feeds Common Cold)

    As Steve Ozanich says, this holds true for many infections - upper respiratory, urinary, genital (non-STD), bronchial, etc. It's also possible to have symptoms that perfectly mirror viral or bacterial infections when no actual sickness is present; I've had this happen with symptoms that were identical to UTIs and strep, but testing showed no signs of any infections whatsoever. This has occurred when (A) I never had an infection to begin with, as well as when (B) I did previously have an infection that was successfully treated with antibiotics, but I continued to have symptoms even after it went away (one example is when a throat culture showed that my strep was indeed gone, proving that my recurring symptoms were simply from the mind-body connection/TMS). I needed to stop obsessing over the symptoms, accept that I was OK, and get back to fully living life to feel better again.
    This is your problem: fear and obsession feed symptoms. You're activating your sympathetic nervous system when you fear and obsess, and as the ABC News article above states:
    Steve Ozanich says the same:
    Don't worry about how long it's going to take you to feel better - your body is designed to heal. None of this is permanent. You will be OK! You just need to believe it, and manage your fear and obsession. Give your sympathetic nervous system a break and do something you enjoy. :)
    Last edited: Jan 31, 2019
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