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Scapular winging

Discussion in 'General Discussion Subforum' started by Seanh153, Nov 19, 2021.

  1. Seanh153

    Seanh153 Peer Supporter

    While re-reading The Mindbody Prescription, I was surprised to see a brief mention of scapular winging by Dr Sarno. This is actually something I have and was pointed out by a physiotherapist while I was experiencing tingling in my fingers on my left arm around 5 years ago. This went on for months and took over my life for a while, as I was convinced I had MS or a heart problem. After learning about the winging and ignoring it, the tingling eventually went away (this was long before I learned about TMS).

    Sarno mentions that the nerves which support the scapula muscles are frequently involved in TMS. So... is he suggesting that the winging itself is caused by TMS? I don't fully understand. Even after I stopped worrying about it, the structural change is still there 5 years later. I thought that the premise of TMS is that it doesn't cause structural damage or changes.

    I'm not worrying at all about the winging, just genuinely curious and trying to further my knowledge.
  2. Bitzalel Brown

    Bitzalel Brown Peer Supporter

    The chicken or the egg. Sometimes the chicken, sometimes the egg. If you pull your back muscles lifting something heavy you have physically strained and hurt your back ,but our tricky TMS wired brain can in the future mimic this pain exactly and you will be convinced its from that old back injury acting up again. sometimes the brain tests out the waters to distract us with something that you never had physically but you may have once heard about, our mind paint a realistic physical manifestation that fits the description of that pain or ailment and you develop pain. fortunately in most situations it remains just a TMS pain and does not develop into something real. but as Dr Sarno believed toward the end of his life that even things like cancer can have partial TMS roots. This is why people in the TMS world always send people to check for "real" physical causes. Fortunately as I said the vast majority of cases are just our brain pulling a fast one and the fact we checked with a medical professional assuages our fears and points in the direction that its a Mind Body syndrome that we can fix ourselves. I for years had hip and knee pain, only after a visit to a honest doctor who took some x-rays and pronounce "you have nothing" did my pain go away.
  3. johnebbe

    johnebbe New Member

    Yeah, I agree with the poster above. Scapular winging isn't in any way painful. It just means that your scapular muscles are unbalanced or not strong enough. Which is fine as long as you're not trying to become better at handstands or olympic weight lifting (like me). Winging is in my experience not cause by TMS. Being scared of your scapular winging will however lead to pain in that area.

    My advice for people with upper back pain (around the scapula) is to build up a really strong scapula. It will remove the winging and give you great posture which is nice, and looks good :)
  4. Mr Hip Guy

    Mr Hip Guy Well known member

    I developed scapular winging following hip surgery in 2018. This was a particularly hard time for me and I spent 6 months really in bad shape (ripe hunting ground for TMS) both leading up to and following the surgery. When the winging manifested, I recall specifically that I was reaching up to the rear view mirror in my truck and was surprised that my hand felt like it weighed 20lbs. Later I noticed that the winging was occuring on that said, the doctors said that it happens sometimes after a surgery when the patient is being moved around while under anesthesia (or even the anesthesia can cause it) when the nerve that controls that scapula gets damaged and has to re-heal. Because nerves heal very very slowly, the length of the nerve will heal about the width of a sheet of paper per day but the nerve itself is several feet long, it would be 6 months at least before they said I would see improvement. Sure enough, it stopped winging within that timeframe.

    Bringing this back to TMS though, boy did I ever freak out about the winging. It looks so deformed in the mirror and physically manifests itself in weakness (i.e. feeling like you're holding a dumbbell). I recall feeling nauseated looking at it. Regarding chicken vs egg, maybe the TMS caused the nerve damage? I don't know, but it did resolve itself without my applying TMS techniques, and within the timeframe the doctors specified, so I lean toward physical nerve damage that healed.
  5. TG957

    TG957 Beloved Grand Eagle

    Any nerve in the body, being connected to the brain via central nervous system, may become triggered by TMS. Mainstream medicine is focused on the specific body parts, hence all the diagnoses are associated with the body part names. Everyone here goes through the step of being obsessed by the exact location of the pain. After you go through the full cycle of healing, you understand that location is irrelevant, the nature of pain is. What you are describing looks like TMS, walks like TMS, squawks like TMS. It must be TMS.

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