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Discussion in 'Structured Educational Program' started by Onlysteve, Dec 6, 2016.

  1. Onlysteve

    Onlysteve Newcomer

    Hello. Just joined and just setting out on the Program. Feeling very weak and shaky right now having been awake most of the night with pain. I have had TMS pain for many years. Originally in my back but now adnominal mainly, but it wanders round. I know I am very driven to please and to try for perfection. I wake up worrying that what I have done the previous day wasn't good enough. Anyway, let's have go. I just want to be free of pain. Do you know, I was about to add 'so that I can be a better person..' and then realised that this is exactly the trap, isn't it.
  2. Andy Bayliss

    Andy Bayliss TMS Coach & Beloved Grand Eagle

    Hi Onlysteve, and Welcome!

    It seems like you know your patterns pretty well, and you see how they fit Dr. Sarno's model of pain, and pain relief!

    I might respectfully suggest you do the TMS Recovery Program first, since it teaches skills and attitudes. It is a wonderful basis for your work in the SEP.

    Also, I hope you read Dr. Sarno's work again and again until you really see how it applies to you, and addresses all your questions.

    We are here to help, so ask any questions. We've all been through pain-hell, and we get it! See my skiing vids if you want a lift...http://www.tmswiki.org/forum/threads/skiing-two-years-after.14222/ (Skiing Two Years After)

    I wish you best in this journey to know yourself better!

    Andy B
  3. Onlysteve

    Onlysteve Newcomer

    Hi Andy,

    Thank you. Really supportive and helpful to have a response to my first message. Yesterday I purchased Dr Sarno's book so will be reading it today, and then do as you suggest (the TMS Recovery Program). I did manage quite a lot of physical activity yesterday. Not recreational, but doing things like putting up Christmas lights. I also slept better. Just woke up once, feeling bad (fast heartbeat, questioning whether I did certain things yesterday that I should have done, etc). The lower back pain is present right now but not the abdominal pain.

  4. Walt Oleksy

    Walt Oleksy Beloved Grand Eagle

    Hi, OnlySteve. I agree with Andy's suggestions and just want to add Dr. Sarno's 12 Daily Reminders, from Healing Back Pain. They are the cornerstones of his TMS philosophy.
  5. Walt Oleksy

    Walt Oleksy Beloved Grand Eagle

    Here is the extended version of Sarno's 12 Daily Reminders:

    1. Herbie’s Extended Version of Dr. Sarno’s 12 DAILY REMINDERS
      1. The pain is due to TMS. This is real pain or anxiety but it is caused by subconscious tensions and triggers, stressors and traits to your reactions and fears, and also when at boiling point your conscious tension can and does cause real pain too.
      2. The main reason for the pain is mild oxygen deprivation. This means that when you get in pain or in anxiety then the blood is restricted from going to a place such as the lower back. The blood being restricted causes oxygen deprivation which causes the pain. Remember, where there is no oxygen then there is pain in the body. Also, the pain stays because of fear and focus to physical organic symptoms and repressions.

    3. TMS is a harmless condition caused by my REPRESSED EMOTIONS, so even though you think you can harm yourself from the years of pain you have felt and how you feel in general -- so far no reports have been heard from TMS healing knowledge causing damage to anyone. TMS knowledge only helps.

    4. The principle emotion is your repressed ANGER. This means under your consciousness lies something that happens automatically to everyone. TMSers have repressions that are stored because of our personality traits,traumas, stressors, fears, strain, etc... When these stored repressions build and build then eventually they cause the brain to send pain into your body to keep you from having an emotional crises. The mind-body thinks it is helping you.

    5. TMS exists to DISTRACT your attentions from the emotions, stressors, tensions and strains of your personality traits because if you can get distraction then you won't have to be in emotional turmoil. When you don't face and feel your emotions and they get repressed because you didn't want to deal with something -- they are just adding up in this beaker, ready to pour over and create real pain and anxiety in your body.

    6. Since my body is perfectly normal, there is nothing to fear. So in reality when I fear the pain or anxiety I just cause myself undo strain and tension adding to the beaker of pain. If I fear then I feed the pain. If I fear It is impossible to recondition. Fear keeps the pain and anxiety alive in the body through focus.

    7. Therefore, physical activity is harmless. If I want to work against the pain, I could, but it is better to lose some of the pain.

    8. I am resuming all normal physical activity. I don't fear moving anymore. I believe in my body's ability to heal now. I can move how I want. I will not fear moving with a bent back anymore. I will also practice going out and acting normal again, not in fear of what pain might do to me.

    9. The pain is unimportant and powerless. Its only power is how it is hidden -- it's illusion; it's fear.

    10. I will keep my attention on the emotional issues. I will think about my emotions and feel my emotions throughout the day. I will not judge, criticize or fear my emotions. I will not run from my emotional issues but face everyone of them. I will feel my emotions fully and cry if I need to. Then I will release the emotion and get my mind and thoughts back to my life and living in the present, in flow.

    1. 11. I am in control of all of this. This is how I recover.

    12. I will be thinking PSYCHOLOGICALLY AT ALL TIMES. This means I will keep my thoughts on psychological issues like happiness, fear and anger -- traits and triggers, conditioning and journaling. The science behind mind- body/TMS healing, etc.... This way I will not feed my thoughts to the body -- that is a trick of TMS. TMS will always try to get me to focus on the body caused by the pain until I break its show and flair. When I get my attention off psychical symptoms and on emotional issues and psychological issues then I will not feed the fear of the physical issues anymore, ` thus making the TMS of no effect. This will, in return, give you the cure.
  6. Onlysteve

    Onlysteve Newcomer

    Thank you again. This will really help. I am going to print them out. Best wishes. I have been reading about TMS for a long time but it takes a lot of mental energy, at least for me, to really believe in these twelve reminders and see them through. So easy to let go and allow the pain to take cetre stage. Will keep it at it though.

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