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TMS post cancer treatment anyone?

Discussion in 'General Discussion Subforum' started by MrSurvivor, Nov 10, 2019.

  1. MrSurvivor

    MrSurvivor New Member

    Hi all,

    I have symptoms around my treatment site (ear ringing, TMJ popping, and odd nerve sensations) that I believe to be TMS (all my testing has been good for the past couple of years and doctors say very low risk of other issues).

    Anybody have experience with convincing your brain to let go of areas where you've had treatment?

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  2. Andy Bayliss

    Andy Bayliss TMS Coach & Beloved Grand Eagle

    Hi MrSurvivor,

    I'll jump in, not with direct experience but to say that this does sound like TMS, and we know that TMS symptoms often "attach" to physical truama, such as injury. Another example is Lyme disease, where after the underlying cause is addressed, sometimes symptoms continue.

    Reassuring yourself that you are safe may be a big help. "I know I don't have cancer now, and I am safe." is an example.

    I hope others with direct experience post to this thread.

  3. JanAtheCPA

    JanAtheCPA Beloved Grand Eagle

    (oops, I wrote most of this earlier, then didn't post it)
    This is a great question, @MrSurvivor, which I can't personally answer, but considering the seemingly infinite symptoms that can be and have been overcome with TMS knowledge and techniques, I have to ask: why the heck not?

    Ask yourself : what makes mindbody symptoms that might occur after, presumably, radiation and/or chemotherapy, any different from mindbody symptoms that might occur after any illness, injury, or surgery?

    Phantom limb pain is the most obvious example of mindbody symptoms which occur where there is no longer a limb that can supposedly experience pain. Phantom limb pain is the proof that pain along with other symptoms is generated by the brain. THAT is what you need to understand, accept, and eventually teach your brain to reject.

    You've been checked out, and there is no other explanation for your symptoms, which makes them all the more likely to be TMS. Read one of Dr. Sarno's books, ( I recommend The Divided Mind, which I checked out from my library) read postings on the Success Stories subforum, check out our two free programs (The Structured Educational Program, and Alan Gordon's Pain Recovery Program) and consider that the time and cost involved in accepting the TMS diagnosis are almost nothing compared to continuing the search for a medical explanation. The more you learn, the more it will make sense, and acceptance is the first step to recovery.

    Good luck!
  4. MrSurvivor

    MrSurvivor New Member

    Thanks to you both for the comments. Sometimes a little reinforcement helps the most. I have read all of Dr. Sarno's books, plus the Great Pain Deception, and Zero Pain Now. I've gone through Alan's course twice (I actually have had almost the same exact list of symptoms he had), and am almost done with the SEP. I have seen improvement in a number of my symptoms - back, feet, stomach, shoulder - the area around my treatment site has been trickier. I do believe it is TMS, though, as I have a lot of variation there, and as Andy indicated, if my brain wanted to keep me distracted that would be a good place to do it. My guess is that my brain is constantly monitoring that area at some level because it knows it took damage, and I probably have some pretty fearful memories connected to it.

    I've thought about asking at my next cancer check-up if they can confirm there is nothing structurally amiss - i.e. at two years out should I have healed in those areas? I haven't quite figured out how to phrase it so that it would be helpful and not a step backwards. TMJ, ear ringing, and nerve issues are all high on the list of TMS frequent symptoms, so it certainly makes sense. I can't quite figure out how to help myself believe more fully. I think I'm afraid I'll lose hearing in that ear. It is worst in the morning when I wake up and my brain scans for all the areas that feel like they are not working the way that they should. Boy I wish I could shut that off!

    Thanks for the help!

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