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Please keep in mind that before treating any condition, including Migraines, as TMS or PPD, it is vitally important to consult with your physician in order to rule out any serious medical conditions. To learn more about TMS and PPD, and to help you figure out if you have it, visit our An Introduction to TMS page and watch the video there. Some more guidance in figuring out if this approach is right for you can be found in the video at the top of our So You Think You Might Have TMS page.

To contribute your own story of healing from TMS, please click here to see how to post it on the forum.

Migraines and TMS Success Stories

  • Catholicmom3 wrote about her daughters success overcoming migraines in this forum post. She wrote, " My 13 yr old daughter has had daily migraines for 9 weeks. Neurologist diagnosed as complex migraine. 2 people suggested I read Dr Sarno's book and now I do believe she may have TMS. She fits the personality type." Two months later she wrote, "Success Story!! My daughter has advanced her treatment of her migraines until she rarely experiences them now. When she does feel one coming on she using the self talking and journaling and they stop. She also has realized that her new TMS manifestation is a drop in her body temperature. She gets very cold, icy hands, chattering teeth, etc. She recognized this as another transfer of TMS and can now control and stop it also. She has been completely free of her allergy meds, inhaler, plantar fasctitis, runners knee and food allergies since March! That in itself is a true miracle!! We attended Dr. Stracks Mind-Body seminar in Chicago with Dr. Schubiner as the guest speaker after her recovery. We were fascinated with his information on the brain's "pain pathways." It all makes such sense. I thank God my daughter was mature enough and open enough to believe in the mind-body connection. We believe she has saved herself from a lifetime of chronic illness and medications. She is so excited and empowered with her new found self-therapy that she wants to become a mind-body therapist for adolescents. Thank You to Dr Sarno for your books, Dr Stracks for your reassurance, and Dr Schubiner for your research, and to all on this site."
  • Alex says, "After consulting Dr. Schubiner and attending his 3 week course in January (2007), I not only am keeping migraine largely at bay, but Dr. Schubiner's course has also given me psychological tools and insights to be more relaxed and stress-free in general. What wonderful results I've had!"
  • Lindsey says "I am a 23 year old woman who has had migraine headaches about 3 times a week for about 6 years. I was referred to Dr. Schubiner and enrolled in the Mind Body Medicine Program. After the 3 week program, my migraines stopped and so did my leg pain!! I am so happy now!
  • An article about Monique's Story: Monique experienced migraines when she entered social situations, and she was unable to interact with others. She realized she would talk herself into having a migraine to avoid feeling shame. Once she learned how to cope with her feelings her migraines went away. This article was written by a therapist for goodtherapy.org.
  • Sonora_sky and Bonnie mention recovery from migraines in this thread.

Migraines referenced in TMS Books

I suffered from migraines for about six years. A colleague told me of a medical paper he had read suggesting that migraine headache was the result of repressed anger. Since i was coming to the conclusion that psychological factors were very common in day-to-day medical problems, I was receptive to that idea. When next the premonitory "lights" began, I sat down and thought about what anger I might be repressing. Years later it is clear to me what I was repressing, but at the time I had no idea. However, to my astonishment, the headache never came. Nor have I ever had another migraine headache, though I have continued to have the "dancing lights" to this day. The "lights" tell me that I am repressing anger, and sometimes I have to think very hard to figure out the reason for the anger. Often it is obvious.

Spending even a small amount of time each day reflecting on TMS principles works as preventive medicine. You do not need to allow your brain to create this pain, this distraction.

In the past ten years, many helpful medications for migraines have hit the market. Still, a nagging question remains in my mind: What causes the blood vessels to constrict and dilate in the first place? In answer, I believe that repressed emotions in the subconscious mind cause autonomic nervous system activation, which leads to blood vessel changes in migraine headaches-or AOS [Brady's name for TMS].

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