1. Alan has completed the new Pain Recovery Program. To read or share it, use this updated link: https://www.tmswiki.org/forum/painrecovery/
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Discussion in 'Support Subforum' started by Finch, Jul 19, 2023.

  1. Finch

    Finch Newcomer

    Hi everyone, I'm new and pretty lost. I've never done anything like this but pain is a great motivator. It's late in my life to be learning these new skills and I don't even know where to begin asking questions…

  2. JanAtheCPA

    JanAtheCPA Beloved Grand Eagle

    Hi Finch, and welcome! Can you give us a brief idea of how much you know about TMS theory and/or how you came upon our site? For example, have you visited our main tmswiki.org site and read any of that information, or have you read one of the books written by John Sarno MD? That will help us advise you on next steps.
  3. Finch

    Finch Newcomer

    Hi JanA, I think I know pretty much about TMS theory. I've read more than 1 of Sarno's books, seen the documentary "All the Rage", listened to Dr Schubiner and others on Youtube. I surf the internet a lot for info, videos, books, everything and I think I came upon this site by coincidence/luck. I've been to the main tmswiki.org. Also I'm on Curable for a year and I've done a lot of their "education", "brain training" and meditations, as well as listened to a lot of interviews.
    As I mentioned, I've never participated in anything like this and at 72, its not easy to learn how. I had wanted to add to/reply to a thread (about a question to Alan) about actual muscle tension and its relationship to pain but couldn't figure out how. Then I saw that the postings started in 2015 and the latest is already 2 years old. I'm still interested in this and I have something to say based on my experiences.
    I wrote my story as requested when one registers for the forum but who can see this and where?
  4. Cactusflower

    Cactusflower Beloved Grand Eagle

    Hi Finch:
    we can read your story by clicking on your name and seeing your profile.
    It sounds like you have done many things, and they have helped you loose some of the suffering. However the more we “do” the more we sometimes program our brain to think there is something wrong with us when there may not be.
    Chronic muscle tension is usually anxiety related, and most of us aren’t even aware of it!
    Dr. Sarno recommends journaling daily as a way to get rid of some stress and help us with awareness of emotions we don’t tend to. Have you tried this? Nichole Sachs calls it Journalspeak and explains it on her website. Her podcasts also talk about it.
    Meditation is another skill some employ. You’ve done some with your Curacle app, and there pre other free apps like Insite Timer that are not for chronic pain but are great! You can explore many ways to meditate there.
    Mindful breathing is also often employed. I breathe with some

    YouTube videos: this is helpful -

    Lots of things to explore to see what works for you!
  5. Finch

    Finch Newcomer

    Thanks Cactusflower, I'll check out some of these things… so nice to know there are understanding, caring people out there!

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