I thought I would share a part of my journey with TMS here, as it might bring up some discussion. I have actively been working to manage my symptoms (daily headache, upper back pain) for the past 18 months. I see a chronic pain specialist who has put me on a number of medications, some I take daily, some as needed. I have also been using ice packs for my head and a heating pad for my back.
I see a TMS psychologist weekly via Skype. Last week, I voiced my concern that the meds. could be delaying my recovery. We discussed the notion that as long as I was taking them, and using other pain relieving devices (ice packs), part of me still believed the pain is structural. I am straddling a very uncomfortable fence. I am convinced that I am dependent on some of the meds as I have been taking them for years. So, rather than go cold turkey, I am slowly weaning myself off them.
As of one week, I have reduced my med use by 30%, simply by telling myself the pain is TMS. I will delay taking a headache pill for 1/2 hour, which may turn into an hour or two. I have been looking for any information about how best to accomplish this goal: Manage my TMS and wean off the meds. Have I overlooked an article or forum thread on this?
Any input is welcome!