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Posted - 01/06/2020 :  19:03:30  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have TMS that manifests as pain in my legs. Lately this has gone but I have been diagnosed with small to medium pericardial effusion which is fluid around the heart. I've been to 3 cardiologists - no one can determine a cause - it's usually because of a virus. I'm asymptomatic so it doesn't fit TMS. No pain and it was found by accident. But since it's the heart - does anyone have any information that it could be TMS? thanks Maxine

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Posted - 01/07/2020 :  13:36:38  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
"...there are so many things little and big that are tms, I wouldn't have time to write about all of them": Told to icelikeaninja by Dr. Sarno

Sound's like it's benign and not life-threatening. As in the Good Doctor's quote above, most anything can morph into TMS if your unconscious is looking for a psychlogical defense mechanism to PROTECT you with. TMS's purpose is to prevent you from feeling what the unconscious perceives is the greater hurt of your having to deal with the emotional issues head-on.

Recenty I've been hearing more and more about friends and acquaintances who have undergone heart surgery AND are up and about within days, back to work as usual, and even working underneath cars doing repairs. It seems "heart-surgery" is becoming almost as routine as getting a root-canal. Bernie Sanders recently had a hear-attack and is back on the campaign trail. To me this would have been unheard of a few years ago, when if you had heart surgery it was serious business!

Dr. Sarno said "surgery was our best placebo"--maybe heart issues are the latest TMS symptom, as back-pain replaced ulcers as the favored TMS structural location to talk-about. Modern medicine is very good at finding symptoms with MRI's that may be normal, benign structural anomalies. Many including myself, have mistaken TMS chest pain for a heart attack and run off to the ER to have a battery of tests performed to discover it was a panic attack--you get pretty panicky when you think you're experiencing a heart attack. A kindly ER doctor told me that panic attacks and the consequences form the over-use of pain killers are two of the most frequent causes for ER visits.

Boiler-plate : I'm a tennis player and not a doctor so don't take this as medical advice. Sounds like you've been checked out and they can't find anything wrong--this usually equals TMS. Modern medicine is good at dx'ing that are real--or--are normal sturctural anomalies. It's hard to charge $25,000 for an ER, visit and then tell you that all it was that you fainted from excitement at winning a big jackpot in a smokey casino at Tahoe or Reno at 5,000 feet of altitude.



Some of my favorite excerpts from _THE DIVIDED MIND_ :


"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society." Jiddu Krishnamurti

"Pain is inevitable; suffering is optional." Author Unknown

“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation” – Plato

"Happy People Are Happy Putters." Frank Nobilo, Golf Analyst

"Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint." Mark Twain and Balto

"The hot-dog is the noblest of dogs; it feeds the hand that bites it." Dr. Laurence Johnston Peter

"...the human emotional system was not designed to endure the mental rigors of a tennis match." Dr. Allen Fox

"Where ignorance is bliss, 'tis folly to be wise" - Thomas Gray

"All my friends in Los Angeles are the sensitive type. They all have like all the diseases like Chronic Fatigue, Epstien Barr, Fibromyalgia. Like all the diseases where the only symptoms seem to be you had a really crappy childhood and at the prospect of full time work ya feel kinda achy and tired."

Posted by Skizzik @ TMSHelp from comedian Maria Bamford

"Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthuisam."
Sir Winston Churchill


"If it ends with "itis" or "algia" or "syndrome" and doctors can't figure out what causes it, then it might be TMS." Dave the Mod



John Sarno, MD
400 E 34th St, New York, NY 10016
(212) 263-6035

Dr. Sarno is now retired, if you call this number you will be referred to his associate Dr. Rashbaum.

"...there are so many things little and big that are tms, I wouldn't have time to write about all of them": Told to icelikeaninja by Dr. Sarno

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Edited by - tennis tom on 01/07/2020 20:08:39
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