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  1. CMA

    CMA Peer Supporter


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    Hello
    I came across Dr. Sarno 2 yrs ago and treated my foot pain and other muscular pains. Still working on my anxiety. For the past 1 week i am experiencing some belly ache and irritable bowel symptoms...Wondering if I should be worried or if I should try to ignore as TMS.
    Thank you
     
  2. Daniel G Lyman LCSW

    Daniel G Lyman LCSW TMS Therapist

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    Long answer: I’m glad to hear you were successful in treating your foot pain and other muscular pains through a TMS approach. Because you were successful with a TMS approach in the past, there’s a strong chance that you will manifest other TMS symptoms again in the future. First and foremost we all always encourage individuals to have a doctor look at them to rule out something more serious like Crohns or ulcerative colitis, but my gut is telling me that you’re not dealing with that. What you’re dealing with is fear. Everyone gets a belly ache and some IBS symptoms (diarrhea, constipation, etc.) from time to time. This is totally normal. Your fear of what the belly ache and irritable bowel might become, however, is perpetuating the symptoms.

    Short answer: Don’t worry, you’re fine.


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  3. Walt Oleksy

    Walt Oleksy Beloved Grand Eagle

    CMA, Daniel Lyman is right... you have some TMS pain but just keep working to reduce your anxiety.
    Breathe deeply, live in the present moment, don't worry. Distract your mind with happy things to do
    and think about.
     
  4. CMA

    CMA Peer Supporter

    Sorry just saw this when I logged in again...Thanks so much Daniel and Walt. I am still having IBS symptoms...Can you or somebody pin point me to any document or link that suggests how to identify an issue is TMS? I remember reading it somewhere...Thanks so much
     
  5. Walt Oleksy

    Walt Oleksy Beloved Grand Eagle

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  7. Forest

    Forest Beloved Grand Eagle

    In the end, if you want to know what is going on in your particular case, you have to go see a TMS doctor. For general information, often, I'll just look the condition up in the indexes of a couple of TMS books. Steve Ozanich's book has a great index you can look at. You can also search our entire site using Google technology at search.tmswiki.org. We've got about 12,000 web pages in the search index now, so it is really a terrific resource, and free! Finding someone's success story can be particularly helpful.

    Finally, for IBS, my gut says (sorry :wtf:) that it is TMS. But I'd still see a doctor to rule out anything organic.
     

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