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Dr John Sarno and Mind Body Medicine - The Chronic Cure

Updated: Jul 19, 2022



What is Tension Myositis Syndrome

Tension Myositis Syndrome is the onset and perpetuation of chronic ailments caused by repressed emotions. Generally, there are two categories of these pains; acute and dull. To clarify, acute TMS are large spikes of pain often accompanied with mild to severe spasm. Symbiotically, dull TMS tends to be a constant aching in your inflicted body part. Furthermore, some of the more common forms of these pains are:


*Chronic pain in lower back

*Chronic pain in back

*Chronic pain in stomach

*Chronic pain in shoulder

*Chronic pain in legs

*Chronic pain in jaw

*Chronic pain in wrists


Mind to Body Connection

Additionally, TMS occurs when the symptom, such as back pain, is vogue. For example, why do some women have back pain during pregnancy? Many may claim that the pain derives from the weight that the baby places on the mother. Although this is a reasonable conclusion to arrive to, I am skeptical of this explanation. Before I continue any further, I must clarify that I am no doctor nor a trained professional. I am merely someone who has dealt with chronic illnesses in the past who has resolved the vast majority of them. My goal is to share this knowledge with anyone who is willing to listen. My cognizance with TMS derives from medical texts such as Dr Sarno's healing back pain and my own experience with chronic pain. I am by no means offering any medical advice. With that being said, the reason for my skepticism is due to the fact that there are other plausible interpretation for the mother's aching. When she becomes pregnant, the mother's body endures several changes. Symbiotically, her mind also experiences the same amount, if not, more stress than her body. A pregnant mother must anticipate large financial costs, mood swings, loss of sleep, weight gain, and the contemplation of whether she chose the right spouse or not. In other word, it can be argued that all these stressors in the mother's life is the actual culprit for the chronic pain. After all, there has been documentations that the mind and body are much more connected than what is conventionally believed. In fact, in Sarno's literature, the word,"Mindbody," is alluded to frequently, as opposed to, "Mind Body." The reason doctor Sarno deliberately combines these words into a singular term is to emphasize how connected the the mind and body are. Understandably, the idea that the mind can cause chronic pain because of stress sounds counterproductive. Why would your body add insult to injury by inflicting pain when you are emotionally taxed? Although there is a reason for this, that reason will be explored in subsequent paragraphs.


As mentioned previously, chronic pain behaves depending on what is vogue. Empirically, society has accepted that back pain is a biproduct of pregnancy. This assumption has been synthesized at a unconscious level. Moreover, in Dr. Sarno back pain books, it is emphasize that the unconscious uses these postulations as an opportunity to release pain knowing that as you are less willing to question it. Conversely, if someone breaks a bone, it would make sense for that person to feel pain for several weeks. Also, it is understandable for someone to have lifted something heavy and consequently suffer from a sore back for a couple of days. However, when pain becomes chronic, especially from minor injuries or incidences, one may want to question the legitimacy of their pain. Tension Myositis Syndrome has become a plague in Western society. Not only are people constantly struggling with their inner demons, but also have to combat the harshness of reality. Intrinsically, with all these stressors occurring, emotional tension will perpetually be building inside people. With this increase in tension, people will begin to develop chronic symptoms. Unfortunately, because most people are unaware that these symptoms are caused by their unconscious emotions, they will likely not be able to resolve their pain.


Dr. Sarno's TMS

For those who accept the diagnosis of TMS, feeling betrayed by medical professionals is inevitable. Conventionally, Doctors are seen as these encyclopedic members of health. They are expected to look at one's organic problems and present solutions. Furthermore, this expectation is raised even higher when one accounts for how expensive treatments can be. However, with the rise of psychosomatic knowledge, laymen such as myself are able to resolve years worth of chronic suffering on their own while professionals are perplexed by these recoveries. When I say these things, I speak from experience. When I was younger and dealing with Tendinitis, I went to a doctor. As I explained my situation, the Doctor was skeptical of my condition as he said that the nuances surrounding my ailments did not make sense. Moreover, it sounded like he was insinuating that I was fabricating my story in order to get out of my academic responsibilities. However, if only they were educated on Dr. Sarno's method, they would know that my symptoms made sense. Ultimately, my Tendinitis was nothing more than symptoms of Tension Myositis Syndrome. During that time, I was a severe perfectionist and was dealing with numerous assignments and stressful deadlines. Instead of antagonizing me, the doctor could have informed me of my stress and how my mind is reacting to these pressure. However, the doctor failed me. It may sound harsh, but I am adamant on this idea. Ultimately, it would behoove society for doctors to educate themselves on the fact that emotions play a larger role on the body than what is currently accepted.


Unfortunately, one should not anticipate any meaningful changes in our medical systems anytime soon. Many doctors are still neglecting the massive role that the unconscious plays within one's health. Additionally,it is unconventional to see Tension Myositis Syndrome doctors in mainstream medicine. In fact, if one were to search up, "Tension Myositis Syndrome treatment near me,"chances are that you will be pressed to find such services. In truth, you will likely only find results for, "Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation,"a service that also uses the acronym, "TMS." This is the unfortunate reality of things.


Mind Body Connection Books

Without Doctor John Sarno and his Tension Myositis Syndrome books, its likely that many chronic sufferers would be bedeviled without any hope. Due to Dr. Sarno 12 daily reminders, laymen now have the potential to heal themselves and one another. For example, I have created the Tension Myositis Syndrome Reddit group. In this subreddit, sufferers can share anecdotes and research. Many of the discussions that occur are over the John Sarno books. Essentially, group members are encouraged to begin and proceed with their Tension Myositis Syndrome Training. Unfortunately, this blog and subreddit are some of the only Tension Myositis Syndrome Websites available.


Tension Myositis Syndrome Training

Intrinsically, people who have TMS are in a perpetual state of fight and flight. Their minds perceive the repressed emotions they have, as well as their external environment, to be threatening. Conversely, one needs to learn how to unlock their emotions and experience their sorrow. In other words, it would behoove you to find some time out of the day just to sit down and feel your emotions. Of course, this is easier said then done. Many might find this process difficult to do, while others can easily tap into their reservoir. Additionally, although feeling your emotions may sound a lot like journaling, I personally think these methods serve different purposes. For example, while journaling is more of a thinking process where you brainstorm things that you may be repressing, feeling your emotions is a more emotional strategy. In fact, with this strategy, little thinking should be involved. When feeling your emotions, one must ideally let their feelings spill out while turning off their brains. Understandably, this may be difficult for some to do. If you are new to TMS training, it may be beneficial to start with journaling and hold off on feeling your emotions. Regardless, a great resource to utilize for unlocking repressed emotions would be Dan Buglio of PainFreeYou on Youtube. Dan Buglio has an entire library dedicated on Mind body medicine. Lastly, if you are still unsure if you are prone to TMS, Dan Buglio offers a Tension Myositis Syndrome test on his website that may benefit those who are unsure.


Mind Body Wellness

As mentioned in previous paragraphs, it seems counterproductive for the mind to cause chronic pain when one is encumbered by repressed emotions. However, something that has helped me understand this process is an analogy I have made. My analogy starts with you walking in the woods. After walking for an hour or so, you see a bear. Although you become consciously scared of the bear, your unconscious also reacts to this stimulus. For example, you begin to shake, sweat, gasp or freeze. These actions are involuntary and unconscious. However, more importantly, the blood distribution in your body drastically changes due to this stimulus. To clarify, more blood begins to rush into your heart and brain, while organs, such as the stomach, receives less blood. This is because, in a standoff between you and a bear, the brain and the heart are more essential to your survival than your stomach. This is where the, "Butterfly in Your Stomach," sensation derives from. In other words, because you reacted fearfully to the bear, your mind caused several physical changes within your body. Furthermore, these changes are not just seen in extreme examples, such as the bear analogy. When one is embarrassed, they blush. Also, when one feels boredom, they yawn. Furthermore, when one feels extreme sadness, they feel pain in their chest. In fact, these chest pains, despite deriving from emotions, can cause death. This is known as Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy. If deep sadness can cause fatalities, is it really all that ridiculous to propose that years worth of repressed emotions may directly correlate with chronic pain?


Notwithstandng, what is the mind's strategy when implementing chronic pain? Ultimately, chronic pain is meant to serve as a distraction. Your mind is convinced that your repressed and violent emotions are the equivalent to a bear. In order to keep you away from the bear, it implements chronic pain to keep you distracted from these emotions. For example, if you are suffering from extreme back pain, you are less likely to focus on emotional pain if you are occupied with physical ones. Your unconscious fears the scenario of your repressed emotions coming out. Ultimately, these conditions are essentially repressed emotions symptoms.


What is Mind Body Problem

The mind body problem is caused by three main characters; the Id, EGo and Superego. These forces exist in one's unconscious and are partially responsible for the chronic pain in one's life. As one will be able to conclude by the subsequent paragraphs, these forces are in constant conflict with one another. In other words, beyond this intrinsic battle existing internally, one also facies great tension and stress from everyday life. It should be evident that the common being is constantly bombarded by stress with little escape. Being that it is being argued that chronic pain is correlated with stress and emotions, it is not surprising that chronic pain is so prevalent in western society.


TMS Starts With The Id

The Id, also referred to as, "The Child Primitive," is the remains of humanity's early and primitive brains. The Id is characterized as a perpetually angry, lustful, lazy, selfish and illogical element. As mentioned previously, the Id resides in one's unconscious. However, the Id is also aware of the stimulus surrounding us in the conscious world. In our daily life, we are tasked with responsibilities, pressures and injustices. Our Id is aware of all these things and is enraged by these stimuli. As mentioned previously, the Id hates the idea of pressures as it is a lazy and selfish element. Consequently, the id begins to rage. over time, this anger builds up in our unconscious and the rage becomes stronger. Moreover, with this accumulation, this hate becomes more at risk of breaking into our conscious selves.


The Ego Causes The Pain

As mentioned previously, the more rage that builds up in one's unconscious, the higher the risk that these emotions will rush into their conscious self. This is where the second element, the Ego, is introduced. The Ego, also referred to as, "The parent," is tasked with interpreting the stimuli of the conscious world for the id. It does this as a means to keep the Id safe. However, with the rage building up by the Id, the Ego is afraid that these emotions will flow into the conscious mind. Moreover, the Ego feels that once this occurs, the conscious mind will act on this tsunami of rage and either hurt ourselves or others. Conversely, in order to nullify this possibility, the Ego inflicts the conscious mind with physical ailments. To surmise the mentality of the Ego, it tries to distract one with psychosomatic issues in order for one not to become aware of the rage they hold inside. The pain is a distraction so one does not discover the rage they feel inside. If one is too busy preoccupied with the crippling pain, such as stress jaw pain they will not be focusing on their emotional tensions.


The Superego Antagonizes The Id

Lastly, there is the Superego. This element is also referred to as, "The Teacher." The Superego is where we hold our morals and values. It is the perfectionist of the three elements. As one may recall, there was mentions on how the Id is a lazy, selfish and childish player. Naturally, the Superego and the Id are constantly at war with one another. In other words, the intrinsic existence of these two causes tension and stress. The Superego has high expectations of the conscious mind and wants it to outperform. Conversely, the Id wants the conscious mind to do less, be lazy and self-indulge. Inherently, the Id is constantly generating rage simply because of the Superego existence. This means not only is the Id angered by the stimuli in the conscious world, but is also generating rage because of our Superego's juxtaposition.


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