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  1. Wiser now

    Wiser now Peer Supporter

    It continues to amaze me how our bodies and mind work. I have overcome many TMS symptoms, back pain for years and my latest being pelvic pain on and off. I finally overcame it when I realized it was nerve pain and not some horrible problem.
    I suffered from allergies for years but when I got that under control, something new would eventually come up. I just went off all my allergy medicine a month ago. The last week or so I had back pain again but it went away just as this new symptom appeared. Interesting.
    My latest symptom has been tightening of the chest, some chest pain, heart palpitations and shortness of breath. It started a few days ago after an argument at home plus I’ve been over extended this month with obligations. Some of it I can control and some I can’t. I figured the symptoms were stress induced or possibly seasonal allergies although I’ve never had shortness of breath or chest tightness with my allergies. They are a little scary, especially the shortness of breath.
    What makes me think this is TMS is that I don’t have it at night when I sleep. Almost like my body is relaxed with no symptoms or expectations. I’ve never had heart or breathing issues so I’m just looking for some validation. It’s amazing how the body will try and scare you with new symptoms that feel so real.
    What do you do when you have a situation that causes stress but you can’t get away from it, like a family member? I can’t leave them but at the same time think they are a big part of it. Or at least it is how I am reacting to them. How the heck do you manage that emotionally? I know counseling helps and just educating myself but wondered if there is something else I can do to help myself.
    I also realize I take too much on at times trying to be the best mother, wife, coach, friend, etc. so I can make a difference and I think my mind is furious for trying so hard and trying to please everyone.
    Any insight or advice would be welcome.
  2. hoolie

    hoolie Peer Supporter

    I can speak to this exact. Same. Symptom. It was 100% TMS, and it was 100% scary. I did get this one checked out because it was so scary, but it disappeared as soon as I did. I never cease to be amazed.
    I will follow this to hear the answer to your other questions, because I struggle with the same. I could have written this myself!
  3. CarboNeVo

    CarboNeVo Well known member

    Hello Wiser now,
    I had chest pains last year, really scary.. I thought i had pneumonia or a heart problem, it plagued me for more than a month, during that period I visited a couple of specialists, all of them confirmed I was clear and healthy, no infection or heart condition.
    I suspected it to be TMS since the beginning, I just did not believe TMS had the capacity to produce such symptoms... I also started to notice that those pains were not present when I was sleeping, however as soon as I woke up the tightness crippled back.
    I frankly don't even remember how I got rid off those pains, but I do remember I simply ignored them and no more obsessed about them.. they just gradually disappeared and returned back only when I thought about them, as soon as I shifted my focus away they went away.. Now the pain doesn't return even when I think about it. Did the doctors confirmation help neutralize the fear and obsession with the pain? very likely. However, since my experience with the chest pain I managed to beat other similar pain shifts the same way without seeing anyone, simply by acknowledging the pain and then shifting my focus away, eventually i'd just forget about it and the pain would disappear.
    Has there been any stress or significant emotional conflict in your life recently? My chest pain started right after my grandma passed away and most of those pain shifts/flareups were triggered by stressful situations.
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  4. CarboNeVo

    CarboNeVo Well known member

    Heh hoolie, the second question is the tricky thing about TMS and I am truly curious how many people beat TMS and get to 100% pain free life. You read those success stories about how people beat horrific disabling pains and get their lives back, but does that mean zero pains/flareups like their life before TMS? I could have written myself a success story about beating suicidal pelvic/pudendal nerve pain after I discovered ezer, Sarno and Alan gordon two years back, today I dont even remember how that pain felt.
    However, I still get flareups and manifestations of TMS pain like the chest pain till this day and basically whenever stressful situations occur. I think a true success story is when one gets back to his old life before the chronic pain, although.. that's probably a matter of perspective.
  5. Wiser now

    Wiser now Peer Supporter

    Thanks to both of you for responding. I’m pretty convinced this is all TMS. It’s just nice to reaffirm there are others that have had the same symptoms. I have felt fine when I wake up but then the pain slowly creeps back. I know what I need to do. And yes, I did have a stressful incident that might have tipped this off compounded with other commitments this month and the fact my daughter is growing up and doesn’t need me as much. That’s interesting you mentioned your grandma’s passing. I can trace back my first TMS symptoms to my grandmothers death when I was 13 or 14. I knew after that it was very important to get my feelings out, whether it be grief, anger, sadness, whatever. If I don’t my body will remind me that I need to deal with the feelings. Thanks again!
  6. MWsunin12

    MWsunin12 Beloved Grand Eagle

    I've had this as well. Heart racing irregularly at certain times & feeling like I can't catch my breath climbing to the second floor of my home. And, yet, I hike up and down hills everyday and I don't feel the symptoms when I work out.

    I was in a minor car accident in mid-October, low impact at a stoplight. I tried to move over a lane and didn't see a car approaching from the side. The police were there, didn't file a report or anything. The other woman said she was fine.
    Yesterday, the insurance called me to say that the woman had an attorney now and was making claims of injuries.
    I've never had this before, though friends tell me that insurance companies are used to it and it happens all the time.

    I feel like it sent my nervous system for a loop. Rapid heartbeat. Tingling limbs and lips.. I'm also very frightened of getting shingles again as I had them on my arm two years ago from a time of high stress.

    My question is this: Is the TMS nervous system always one incident away from revving up symptoms again.. I think this is my main discouragement. I feel like I overcome symptoms and then an incident makes me feel like hell.

    Anyway, sending mojo to everyone. Peace.

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