How to Diagnose TMS  

So, you’ve got a new health problem. It might be back pain or digestive issues. Maybe it’s headaches or ringing in the ears. You’re not sure how it started but you definitely want to stop it as soon as possible. You’ve somehow found a Dr. Sarno book, and this mind-body stuff seems to make a lot of sense. However, your doctor’s diagnosis seems plausible as well.    

Who's right here - your doctor or Dr. Sarno? 

And this is tricky because your doctor has never even heard of the mind-body connection or Dr. Sarno. She’s never given anyone the Tension Myositis Syndrome diagnosis.

Let’s face it. When you go to your doctor with a new problem, there are 3 choices.

  1.  You have an acute problem that can be easily solved in a straightforward way with something like stitches or an antibiotic.
  2.  You get a diagnosis that seems very suspect for which the medical community has no solution.
  3.  Or the infirmity is labelled idiopathic which means that don’t know what’s causing it. They can’t really figure out what’s wrong with you.

Doctors are great with acute diagnosis, but not so great with chronic diagnosis.
If they were, all of these “conditions” wouldn’t be chronic, would they?  

So, you realize that something is fishy here, but you’re finding it hard to drop your medical diagnosis - even though it doesn’t seem to be serving you. How can it be if you’re not getting any better? 

It may be time to swim away from the edge of the pool.

It might be time to really embrace the TMS diagnosis. It might be time to give up your old medical diagnosis for good. You must give it up to get better.    


TMS Conditions List 


  • Back Pain: herniated, slipped & degenerative  discs, degenerative disc disease, stenosis, scoliosis, spondylolisthesis, pinched nerves
  • Neck Pain
  • Shoulder Pain/Rotator Cuff/Frozen 
  • Knee and Leg Pain/Restless Leg
  • Hip Pain
  • Foot & Ankle Pain, Plantar Fasciitis
  • TMJ (jaw pain)
  • Dry Eye/Eye Pain
  • Pelvic Floor Pain
  • Frequent Urination
  • Tendonitis/“Tennis Elbow”
  • Hand/Wrist Pain, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chronic Headaches
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis, Joint Pain 
  • Skin Conditions (Eczema, Rashes)


  • Gastrointestinal Issues/irritable bowel syndrome, spastic colon, colitis
  • Myofascial Pain Syndrome
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome 
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Tinnitus/ringing in the ears
  • Vertigo 
  • Lyme Disease
  • Chronic Environmental or Food Allergies, Sinusitis
  • Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome 
  • Chronic Insomnia
  • Chronic Anxiety 


The Truth About Diagnosing Chronic Illness 

Curing Tension Myositis Syndrome is not necessarily the hardest part. Sometimes the hardest part is being sure that you have TMS. There are a handful of doctors who will use the TMS diagnosis, but they are few and far between.  

However, if you have a health problem that has no clear origin and no clear resolution, it could very likely be TMS.

So, move toward TMS treatment, while at the same time distance yourself from previous medical treatment, if it’s accomplishing nothing. Remember: 

Your Diagnosis Doesn't Matter. It's all Tension Myositis Syndrome.

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I was diagnosed with small fiber neuropathy and I was in agony and couldn't move my body. But with the help of the Pain Cure Clinic,
I decided my doctors were wrong. I'm now weight training and spinning and I'm totally self sufficient once again.

- Monette from New York, New York


Coaching services offered by the Pain Cure Clinic are not intended as medical advice or professional psychotherapy. This is practical knowledge based on experience about how to alternately eliminate chronic pain symptoms caused by psychological factors. Medical or mental health questions or diagnosis  should be directed to your physician or psychologist. The Pain Cure Clinic is not endorsed by or affiliated with Dr. John Sarno. *Individual results will vary.