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So many approaches

Discussion in 'Support Subforum' started by DianeRadvanski, Jul 29, 2016.

  1. DianeRadvanski

    DianeRadvanski New Member

    Went to first TMS therapist today. He basically told me the opposite of what my primary care TMS specialist said. Also he said this could take years wherr my primary care TMS specaizt said If I stick with him it would me months.
    Therapist said he doesn't prescribe homework and leaves it up to me to look into mindfulness and meditation and didnt tell me what i can do to help with the painful flaer ups now. Whereas my primary care said I should not do meditation or mindfulness and stick to saying 5 times an hour the same phrase : I know you r producing pain to help me avoid confronting my feelings on x y and Z but ther is nothing structurally wrong with me.

    If there are no right ways to get better yet evwryone said they way will get me better, this is where I get skeptical and really wonder. How am I supposed to find the magical combI nation when 2 people I go to say do thw opposite of the other? And yet another therapist I cosntacted said therapy should not go on for years without some significant improvement in the first 3 months or else it could be something structural.

    I am questioning whether I have this at all because there r alot if people around me who have alot of chronic pain conditions who r doing their own thing and are functional and working. More frustrated and discouraged.

    Anyone else encounter this? Truth fully why can't I just do mindfulness and meditation and imagery why using distraction and self soothing self talk?

    Why would I need to go to any TMS specialist?


  2. intense50

    intense50 Well known member

    You can say 5 times an hour your pain is not physical but doing it will tell your brain. I would walk although slowly but kept at it bit by bit. This was saying more than an affirmation. Don't get stuck on form and forget the purpose. Do what you need. For me it was ALOT of reading because knowledge is the prescription. Journaling was such a good tool for me but I know some like to meditate more than journal. Reading success stories.Now that I am 99 % pain free I am paying more attention to mindfulness and I do meditate. But the main tool was journaling and doing the work. Don't try so hard . I know how you feel I was there.You will heal.
  3. Ellen

    Ellen Beloved Grand Eagle

    There are many techniques and paths to recovery for TMS because we are dealing with the mind, which is infinitely variable. There is no one right way that works for everyone. It is part of our TMS personality to want a specific outline of what exactly we should be doing with a guarantee that it will work in X amount of time. All people can do is recommend what worked for them. I tried just about everything, and then stuck with the things that seemed to be helping and that made sense. We all have to find our own way ultimately. Fortunately, many people have shared their experience about what worked for them and we have many things to try.

    So I suggest start reading about TMS alot as repetition helps in the beginning. Pick a structured program to follow and do it long enough to see if it is for you. If not, then try another method. You will find your path ultimately, but it must come from you.

    Wishing you the best,

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