This site originated with the idea of dealing with chronic pain and other mysterious, enduring symptoms, and delving into the emotional health issues that might be behind them.
My own chronic hand pain (diagnosed several times as Repetitive Stress Injury, from typing at the computer) disappeared entirely after I read New York University back doctor and medical school professor John Sarno’s book The Mindbody Prescription, and it unlocked a world of ideas and insights regarding emotional and physical health, which this site shares.
For Sarno, two decades practicing conventional back medicine made him increasingly disheartened by the failures of physical therapy and surgery to bring lasting cures. In the 1970s, he started to suspect chronic pain was rooted ultimately in emotional problems, rather than in the purely physical diagnoses he had learned in medical school.
Sarno started to encourage patients who seemed a bit more open-minded to look at their chronic pain in terms of their their emotional life. In his experience, the patients that then began to address and unlock emotional stresses saw themselves able to wiggle free not only from their back pain, but from other chronic emotional and physical conditions they were suffering as well.
Sarno labeled all of these emotionally-induced physical symptoms under one umbrella term: “TMS” – Tension Myositis Syndrome.
Common conditions that can be inspired by TMS include:
- Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
- Bacterial imbalances in the body
- Carpel Tunnel Syndrome
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
- Chronic Muscle/Joint/Nerve Pain
- Eating Disorders
- Eye Dryness
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Repetitive Stress Injury (RSI)
- Sexual Dysfunction (males and females)
- Taste Sensation Alteration/Disappearance
- Teeth Grinding (during sleep)
- Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD & TMJ – tightness and pain in jaw muscles)
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
After seeing my own chronic hand pain disappear in the Fall of 2005, I became endlessly fascinated in the relationship between emotional and physical health.
This site explores these issues, and I would love to hear your question, reactions, and related experiences, whether they go along with what I talk about, contradict it entirely, or anything in between. Email me at TMSmailTMS@gmail.com.
Thanks and best,