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Making a progressive stride in recovery from back pain?

Discussion in 'Support Subforum' started by jorgem12, Jul 25, 2021.

  1. jorgem12

    jorgem12 Peer Supporter

    Hi all! I joined the TMS wiki almost 2 years ago when I first learned about Dr. Sarno's work since I had had chronic pain for a couple of years along with other TMS symptoms (anxiety, acid reflux, etc).

    In my 2-year journey since learning about and 100% accepting the diagnosis and trying many methods (reading books, structured education program, seeing a TMS doctor for over a year). I still haven't eliminated my pain which is sad and frustrating for me since I am now on the premedical path to becoming a TMS doctor. I do my best to be kind to myself about not recovering yet given my experiences.

    Currently, I'm going through Dr. Schubiner's book and journaling when I can -- slowly -- since I'm busy with school. Yesterday, I did one of the journaling exercises on a people-pleasing trait and a deep-seated pain that I had repressed as a kid came up. I cried. A lot. It felt like a good relief after and I slept well! I woke up with less tension in my lower back than I have in a couple of months. Yet, upon making breakfast, back tension and back pain came back with a vengeance!

    Currently, I'm experiencing very intense back pain when I bend and move and extreme tension. It sucks! But, I feel like this is also a stride forward since they tend to say that if a TMS symptom gets worse when working on repressed emotions it's a good sign.

    Any thoughts? Words of wisdom?

    Thanks for reading!

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