Tension Myositis Syndrome (TMS)

The Mindbody Prescription: Healing the Body, Healing the Pain by John E. Sarno, M.D.Tension Myositis Syndrome (TMS) is the idea first brought out by Dr. John Sarno that many modern health issues (including back pain, pain in other areas of the body, and many other health conditions) are the result of mild oxygen deprivation, which can originate from anxiety, repressed emotions and other forms of stress and emotional pain.

If you have begun to feel that spinal surgery is the only option left for you, but you would really like to hear that there could be a less invasive, but still life-changing, option, then please keep reading.  Maybe you have spent your days searching the internet and/or tried all kinds of treatments, including physical therapy, cortisone injections, spinal injections, chiropractic, acupuncture, massage, vitamins, herbs, flower essences, essential oils, exercise, yoga, tai-chi, or qigong, but nothing has seemed to do anything for your condition, or if it did, it only worked for a brief time.  Perhaps you have had surgery one or more times, but your pain didn’t go away, or maybe the surgery helped one issue, but then some new problem sprouted up elsewhere in your body.  If any of the above describes you, then it is time for you to read about Tension Myositis Syndrome and discover the relationship emotional pain can have with physical pain.

When you are in pain or have a long-term illness, it is hard to believe that it could be coming from something other than a physical problem.  Although TMS is often the true cause, your medical doctors are unlikely to ever suggest this to you, and here are some possible reasons why:

  1. They have never heard of TMS.
  2. They have heard of TMS, but think it is nonsense.
  3. They know almost nothing about your personal or business life or childhood, so it hasn’t occurred to them that your health problems could originate from emotional stress.
  4. They found symptoms of a medical condition and have assumed that is the problem.
  5. They are a specialist, so whatever their specialty, they think that is what you have and how you should be treated.
  6. They are not a specialist, but they want to send you to a specialist, because they don’t know what’s wrong with you or how to treat your problem.
  7. If you learn about TMS and use its principles to heal yourself, they won’t be able to collect any further payments from you or your insurance company.
  8. Any combination of the above.

Below are websites and books I uncovered once I began to research this subject on behalf of a family member.  As I read some of the material, I found I could see myself there as well.  There is probably no one in the world who hasn’t experienced emotional pain at some point, but how we deal with it can make a huge difference in our lives.  If we internalize the pain and never really address it, we may end up with any number of different physical conditions, and it is unlikely the average doctor will ever connect the dots and trace them back to the true origin of our pain.

To begin your research on TMS, I suggest you first consult the Tension Myositis Syndrome Wiki.   If what you find there is of interest, then read Dr. Sarno’s Healing Back Pain or MindBody Prescription and Steve Ozanich’s The Great Pain Deception.  You could then progress to any of the other books listed below.  (By the way, if you do an internet search for the initials TMS, you will probably find Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, which is not at all the same thing.)  

Dr. Sarno died in June 2017, one day before his 94th birthday and the release of All the Rage (Saved by Sarno), a documentary film about him.  His work was a gift to many thousands of people all over the world.  I wish you the very best in your quest for healing, both emotional and physical.


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Fleas, Fleas, Go Away

I am not at all fond of fleas.  In fact, I see no reason for their existence, especially on my dog or cats.  I have read too many horror stories about animals getting seizures from the new, improved animal pesticides, so I refused to use them on my dog.  Perhaps I thought that crossing my fingers would keep the fleas out.

But guess what — the dog brought lots of fleas into the house and infested the cats and the house, even though she was already on Sentinel Flavor Tabs heartworm-flea pills (a combo of milbemycin oxime and lufenuron, which had kept fleas away in prior years). Although these pills were supposed to prevent the fleas from reproducing once they had feasted on the dog, did you know that most of the fleas that dogs will bring into a home are actually cat fleas?  So at least some of the cat fleas hopped right off the dog and made a beeline for the unsuspecting cats, where they began having little flea babies.  Those particular babies aren’t really that cute, believe me.

Shampooing the dog in the tub with a hand-held showerhead and frequent vacuuming of the floor and upholstery were somewhat helpful in limiting the flea population.  Another thing that helped a little was an electric candle set inside a small clear glass bowl, which I placed in the middle of a glass pie pan filled with water and a little dish soap. I turned the candle on at night, which enticed the fleas to jump into the water in the pie pan, where they usually drowned.  Of course, this won’t work if your dog thinks it’s a good idea to drink the water, so you’ll have to keep it somewhere dog-proof. There are flea traps for sale, but the one I tried didn’t work – the tape wasn’t sticky enough to hold anything but the weakest bugs.

After reading about untold numbers of other useless and/or toxic natural cures, I discovered the miracle that is organic coconut oil slathered on our (short-haired) dog, especially on her hindquarters where fleas especially love to feast.  Our dog loves the taste of coconut oil, so she would roll around on the floor trying to lick it off, but enough remained that the fleas fled in horror.  Trader Joe’s and Aldi’s both sell coconut oil, as does Amazon or your local health food or grocery store.  If you have a fluffy or long-haired dog, I would recommend coating their legs and stomach if you don’t want to goop up the rest of their fur.

Next was the problem of the cats, who were now thoroughly infested with the fleas that the dog had introduced into the house.  This necessitated nightly flea combing of each cat with the trusty flea comb, hurling the horrid fleas into a bowl of dish-soapy water.  (Don’t buy one of those cheap, all-plastic flea combs you might find at a pet store – you need one with metal teeth.)

This, along with the vacuuming, helped, well . . . some, but not enough.  So the final addition to the flea removal program was lufenuron capsules from Little City Dogs, one pill per cat per month.  I opened the capsules and mixed the powder into soft food, but it seemed to be pretty popular on its own – must be the chicken flavor.

It took a couple more months, but finally good-bye, fleas!  Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

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