TMS (Tension Myositis Syndrome*):
Pain that can be severe and debilitating in the muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerves of the lower back, buttocks, legs and sometimes neck, shoulders and other parts of the body.  Dr. John Sarno theorizes that TMS is a defensive reaction of the mind to prevent expression of repressed rage and anxiety and that the pain is created when blood flow to the tissues is restricted by the autonomic nervous system.

*Also known as Tension Myoneural Syndrome or more recently, The Mindbody Syndrome.

"The most important factor in recovery is that the person must be made aware of
what is going the 'penicillin' for this disorder."
  ------  Healing Back Pain by John E. Sarno, M.D.

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