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    I have pain free for the past year and a half . Recently I had a back pain that was worse than any I ever had before. It was so bad I literally could not get off the floor. I've been doing a lot of thinking and I think I found the source of the TMS however I still have back pain. It not nearly as bad as it was before but I still have difficulty walking and sitting. After you think you found the source what else can you do?
     
  2. Derek Sapico MFT

    Derek Sapico MFT TMS Therapist

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    Hi there.

    This is going to be a short answer.

    Don't indulge the fear.

    The fact that the title of your question includes the word "terrifying" means that the symptoms are currently succeeding at keeping you preoccupied with fear.

    Allow yourself to rest and heal without letting your mind take you to scary and catastrophic places. This is just a temporary flare. A "visit from an old friend" if you will.

    Your friend seems to have visited for a reason and as you stated in your question, you "found the source of the TMS."

    Thank your old friend for the guidance, tell it that you understand the message, and kindly ask it to leave.

    The symptoms will recede as they always have and you will be back in business.

    -Derek


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  3. Walt Oleksy

    Walt Oleksy Beloved Grand Eagle

    Hi, Guest. Derek has given you great advice. Just think positive and the fear will go away.
    When fear comes to me, I laugh it away. It's amazing how fast I forget what I was fearful about.

    If you are at a computer or can access YouTube on any other device, you will find lots of videos
    that will distract your fearful mind. Just type in any subject or person and it will give you more
    pleasant thoughts.

    They say we should live in the present, but sometimes I think if our present is so stressful,
    think about pleasant things in our past, or hopeful things in our future.

    It's going to be 8 below zero tonight where I live in a Chicago suburb.
    I'll be thinking in the future to spring and 70 degrees and sunshine.
     

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