One of the reasons why tension myositis syndrome, also known as the mind-body disorder, goes undiagnosed for so many is because it can be hard to pin down. For many, experiencing pain may vary in location and intensity, be random or constant, or be treatable or not. For those with TMS, it is very likely that conventional medicine and methods given to you by your doctor will not work. Furthermore, it can be intimidating to classify what you’re feeling as something out of the realm of most medical professionals’ experience. Yet, for hundreds of thousands of people, a TMS classification is what is needed.
So, how do you know if you have mind-body syndrome? Let’s talk about it.
Common Symptoms of TMS
First, let’s look at perhaps the easiest indicator of mind-body syndrome: the symptoms. If you have any or many of these, it could mean you have TMS, as long as the other mental elements (see below) are present as well.
Do you have:
- Back pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Chest pain
- Eating disorder
- Heartburn/Acid reflux
- Interstitial cystitis
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Low blood pressure
- Muscle tenderness
- Neck pain
- Obsessive-compulsive thought patterns
- Panic attacks
- Pelvic pain
- Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
- Shoulder pain
- Spastic bladder
- Temporo-mandibular joint syndrome
- Tension headache
- Trigeminal neuralgia
- Ulcer/Stomach pains
Many people may experience only one or a few of these symptoms. For me, I was completely fine — loving life, being a perfectionist and living the good life — until when one day I really wasn’t. I got horrible, excruciating pain which shot down from my pelvis through my legs. It was the worst pain I’d ever felt. That one single symptom was the start of my TMS journey.
While it may seem like there are a lot of disorders, so it would be easy to classify yourself as having TMS, it isn’t that simple. If you do have many of those symptoms, you may or may not have TMS. However, if you have many of those symptoms and the common personality traits and a history of stressors, then you could definitely have TMS.
Common Traits & Factors of Those with TMS
Other than symptoms, two indicators of mind-body syndrome are the personality traits and mental factors which make up our emotional state. The reason why these specific traits and factors have been linked with TMS is that they are in the conscious part of our mind. That means that due to Freudian theory, they are concerned with events we feel obligated to take part in order to be accepted by society/family/friends/ourselves.
How many of the following do you have?
- Hard on self
- High expectations of self
- Hostility and/or aggression
- Low self-esteem
- Need for validation (seen as good/liked)
- Overly responsible
- Responsible for others
Most people with mind-body syndrome try very hard; they care what others think of them, want to be good and/or liked and also tend to be perfectionists with high standards for themselves. They are the type of person who won’t cut any slack — not even for themselves. If they make a mistake they are most likely their own No. 1 critic. They will analyze everything they did wrong and strive to never repeat that mistake. Al this extra pressure could lead to anxiety, depression, worry, sadness and even rage or resentment. Basically, it can create a toxic environment in their mind.
The last indicator which links many people with mind body syndrome is some form of physical, emotional or sexual abuse which occurred during childhood. There are also other factors in adulthood such as changing jobs, a death in the family, an illness, etc., but childhood trauma is a common linking factor.
So, which are these do you have? If you have more than a few, you may have mind body syndrome. For more information, click here. Let’s fight this TMS pain together and help you get back to your pain-free life as quickly as possible. You can do it!