Neck Pain

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Please keep in mind that before treating any condition, including Neck Pain, 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.

Neck Pain and TMS Success Stories

  • Carla was a worrier who's son just left for college. She had a difficult relationship with her father who recently passed away. At age 46 she had a series of issues including pain in her neck, back, leg, and feet for over two years. She had several spinal abnormalities which showed a disc herniation on the MRI. Her doctors prescribed her Neurontin to treat what they diagnosed as neuropathy. Carla's pain was so intense that she had to stop most of the activities she enjoyed like cycling and hiking. She went and saw Dr. Sopher and was symptom free after two months of learning about TMS. (From To Be or Not To Be Pain Free, by Marc Sopher. Pages 91-92.)
  • Samthefish's story Samthefish describes his symptoms and how they coincided with stressful events in his life. He then shares his recovery and highlights the strategies that helped him the most.
  • Baseball65's story Baseball65 describes how, despite being born with an L5-S1 fusion, one leg that is over an inch longer than the other, spinal stenosis and a herniated disc, he led an active and pain-free life, until experiencing muscle spasms one day at work. The pain progressed rapidly and led to a failed surgery and a nearly complete physical and psychological meltdown, until he read Dr. Sarno's book, saw himself in the pages and began taking his life back again.
  • Kim Ruby's story This is Kim Ruby's eloquently told story of her battle with physical and mental symptoms and her discovery of TMS/PPD. It is from a website that is now defunct, so the above link is to an archive of the original site.
  • YogaKym's story This is the personal account of YogaKym, a 51-year old web developer who began suffering from neck pain and other RSI symptoms in 2005 and recovered within one month of following Dr. Sarno's protocol.
  • Logan's story Logan tells of how Fibromyalgia pain was so severe that suicide was contemplated as a last resort option. Logan then describes disovering TMS and provides a timeline detailing strategies and subsequent recovery.
  • PegHanson's story Peg Hanson, a registered nurse, tells a touching story of how she overcame 10 years of chronic pain, muscle spasm, tingling in her neck, upper back and arms after reading Healing Back Pain. Her symptom resolution was a gradual process, and she has gone from nearly complete debilitation, during which she felt like a failure as a mother and wife, to "still doing great 8 years later." She is a frequent contributor to the TMSHelp forum and an editor at the TMS Wiki.
  • Brant says, "I had severe neck pain that traveled all of the way down my arm. MRI showed bulging disc. Two spinal injections offered little relief. I read The Divided Mind by John Sarno and I am pain free."

Redskater, Nor, salamander and others mention recovery from neck pain and tension in this thread.

Neck Pain referenced in TMS Books

Often someone describes simply turning their head and, wham!, sudden pain. How does it make sense that simply turning your head could induce such pain? Sometimes people state they awoke with the pain, that they must have 'slept wrong.' Slept wrong? Oh, I see, they must have missed those classes on how to sleep. But physicians reinforce this nonsense.

Another common cause of upper back and neck pain is car accidents. Certain types of collisions can result in a "whip" of the neck muscles, causing pain and spasm within twenty-four hours. As is the case with lower back pain, when the neck or upper back pain doesn't go away after a few weeks, the source is probably AOS [Brady's name for TMS].

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