I had experienced very long lasting and terribly painful episodes of TMS, in various humiliating forms, over the course of several years. All eventually evaporated, having been unmasked and given way to their true nature as TMS, but only after consistent and clear consideration.
From the isolated, lonely and desperate standpoint of a person suffering from the very real pain of TMS, the thought that such pain could completely go away and that there is nothing, nor has there ever been anything physically wrong, after years and years of suffering is just simply absurd. ALL of my Doctors thought that the notion of TMS relating to my situation was not only untrue, but utterly rediculous. On occasions my symptoms have shown up as physically swollen, red and distorted joints, very observable to the eye. Medications we're prescribed and used.
Iolated in my lonely and desperate world of pain, it was only due to people like Dr. Schubiner and Dr. Sarno; human beings who functioned as pointers from which a glimmer of hope could be received and combined with my intuition, that I was able to truly and honestly consider that the possibility of TMS was relevant to me. It was essential to see from their point of view, because having not gone through it, being still captive within it, I could not on my own see from there standpoint of freedom from it.
These lights like Dr. Schubiner and the participants on this forum are essential to one's recovery from TMS. The honesty here is profound. By far the best of all medicines.
I've watched this forum for years and the consistent, selfless, tenderness shared here has on many occasions taken my breath away. These people know what they are talking about from the hellish hard-one virtue of 'boots on the ground' experience. I'm glad you're here because what is being shared is not common, not something one aquires from years of attending a university program, but from walking through the hellish corridors of TMS with it's tall, tormenting ceilings and making it out alive. My experience is that I am certainly more fully alive now than I would be had I never walked through the haunting corridors of TMS.
It is very important to not spin anything learned here, either possitively or negatively. Nothing has to be spun. The truth of TMS is in and of itself thunderous and is best seen and felt head-on - directly.
Simply ask yourself honestly, not in the form of an answer, but in the form of a question; 'Could it be that these symptoms, these long lasting, painful, horrible symptoms, could it possibly be that these symptoms are really the result of TMS?' If the answer is 'Yes' then give the tenderness of your heart over to further more full consideration. The mind is not really very good at this stuff. You have to listen more deeply, more fully than the mind alone is capable of.
Do the exercises in the program. Remember that you don't have to do the program perfectly, exactly or even correctly. Just get through it. Spend hours with certain aspects that resonate with you. Understand that there are people, many, many people, who were in much worse condition than you presently find yourself and yet who discovered for themselves that what they were dealing with was TMS. They are free now. There's no lying here.
It takes a significant amount of time and focus to come out the other side of the TMS, but for me, the light never felt as genuine as it does right now.
I still get TMS from time to time. I think that maybe I always will now and then. When it comes now it also functions as a reminder of my humanity and the humility that comes from recognizing something that is very real, very true and yet seems rediculous to majority of the mainstream medical community.
Thanks for being here with us my friend,