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    Hello,

    I have learned of TMS just a few weeks ago and had experienced some positive changes in my back pain.
    However, along with these positive changes I am also getting new pains.
    it seems that every other day a new location hurts!
    the "new" pains come and go and change locations.
    any ideas why this might be happening?

    Thank you!

    Roco
     
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  2. Alex Bloom LCSW

    Alex Bloom LCSW TMS Therapist

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    Hi, thanks for the question, this is a good one!

    You're not alone in your experience of "migrating" pain. Many, many of the people I work with go through some very similar things. Often my clients will become discouraged when they feel like they are backsliding after making positive headway with their new approach, but I try to tell them that migrating/new pain is a good news! It means that we are taking the right approach. The fact that pain begins to move around in response to what is essentially a psychological intervention helps prove that the problem isn't physical. And this is what we want to do, so that you can have more and more confidence when confronting the pain and the fear that it generates.

    Remember, if we look at your pain from the TMS perspective we know that it is serving a function. By confronting it, facing underlying issues, attending to anxiety, and generally doing what you have to to address the root of the problem you will find that you can start to experience some relief. Hooray! Unfortunately, your unconscious mind may not be so happy about this. So it looks in desperation for anything it can find to keep you scared, preoccupied and intimidated. And hey, pain has worked before, so why not some more of that! We call this an extinction burst, a desperate effort on the part of your unconscious to maintain the status quo. And it's good news. You're on the right track.


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