What causes chronic pain and other conditions? What is TMS?
John Sarno MD, a former physician at the Howard A. Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine at New York University Medical Center coined the term Tension Myositis Syndrome (TMS), also known as Tension Myoneural Syndrome. TMS is a condition that causes real physical symptoms, such as chronic pain, gastrointenstinal issues, and fibromyalgia, that are not caused by structural abnormalities and are not explained by diagnostic tests. In TMS, pain symptoms are caused by mild oxygen deprivation via the autonomic nervous system, as a result of unconscious emotions that need to be brought to the consciousness.
The pain is NOT in your head. TMS symptoms are very much real. All of the people I have worked with (including myself) had debilitating chronic pain and other symptoms. Even though my patients and I were told we would be suffering forever, when we used the ideas first created by Dr. Sarno we became pain free and regained our lives.