Shoulder Pain

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

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Shoulder Pain and TMS Success Stories

  • After being names Teacher of the Year for three consecutive years Erin thought her career might end due to chronic pain in her shoulder, neck and back. Parents of the her students loved the organized nature of the her class, and the fact that Erin rarely showed that she was irritated. Erin's pain spread from her neck to her back and even her elbow. She was diagnosed with a litany of things including: fibromyalgia, migraine headaches, tennis elbow and TMJ syndrome. In her visit with Dr. Brady she said things like "You must think I'm terrible," "They'll be so upset with me," and "I know I shouldn't think that way." Dr. Brady saw these as sure fire signs that Erin had TMS. When Erin recognized that her perfectionist and people pleasing personality traits were causing her chronic pain she was able to recover. (From Pain Free for Life, by Dr. Scott Brady. Pgs 101-103)
  • 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.
  • salamander's story: In this story, Salamander discusses how he had a variety of PPD symptoms since he was 16 year old, including shoulder pain. His symptoms were so severe that he believed the only possibly explanation was structural damage. How could one's unconscious mind create such extreme and debilitating pain? Through reading and rereading Dr. Sarno's books, Salamander began to accept the diagnosis and recover. Follow the link to read more about Salamander's TMS Success Story.
  • YogaKym's story This is the personal account of YogaKym, a 51-year old web developer who began suffering from shoulder pain and other symptoms in 2005 and recovered within one month of following Dr. Sarno's protocol.
  • Thread where westcoastram and others mention recovery from shoulder pain.
  • TMShelp forum thread where Peg tells of her neighbor's shoulder pain which resolved when she connected it to a stressful situation.
  • K. French says "A year ago, I was diagnosed with a large herniated cervical disk. I was scheduled for surgery in two days when 20/20 ran a segment on Dr. Sarno. I had severe pain in my neck, shoulder, and arm that prevented me from sleeping more than 2-3 hours at a time and severely compromised the positions I could sleep in. Dr. Sarno's books combined with treatment from a local doctor he referred me to have eliminated my symptoms. I can now sleep in all of my favorite positions and I'm training to run a marathon this fall. Sarno's theory has proved dramatically successful and I fully believe he is on to the cause of many, many physical ailments.

Shoulder Pain referenced in TMS Books

  • On pages 100-101 in To Be or Not To Be Pain Free, Marc Sopher writes

The MRI of the shoulder is a beautiful to behold; it reveals astounding detail...But like the MRI of the spine, "abnormalities" are often incidental findings, not the cause of symptoms...many continue to have pain, even after surgery. Some get temporary relief only (think placebo) and others develop the onset of a new pain shortly after...My point is that chronic, nagging, intermittent shoulder symptoms in the absence of significant trauma are more likely to have a psychological than a physical cause.

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