TENSION MYOSITIS SYNDROME(TMS) - AN EXPLANATION FOR PERSISTING PAIN
Patients sometimes fail to improve in spite of traditional treatment for
pain. The focus of these treatments is to correct a structural or
biomechanical problem. Research studies have demonstrated that these
anatomic abnormalities can be found in a high percentage of people without
pain. Dr. John Sarno at the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine
determined over 25 years ago that you may have x-ray or MRI abnormalities
but they are not the cause of your symptoms. Your pain symptoms can be due
to mild oxygen deprivation, which is harmless but can cause very severe
pain. In patients with TMS certain personality traits make the greatest
contribution to the pain.
A formal medical program for TMS includes a thorough medical evaluation, lectures,
education and group support. TMS is likely if you have had long history of
pain and are still quite disabled. It is likely that the pain is ruining
your life and may be associated with other tension related illnesses such as
gastrointestinal complaints, TMJ, headaches or hives.
In the presence of this cluster of signs and symptoms 80% to 85% of patients
respond to treatment.