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Dealing with Chronic Pain

A new post at my PsychologyToday.com blog, Crisis Knocks–an interview with Alan Gordon, LCSW, pain psychotherapist, regarding Tension Myoneural Syndrome (TMS):

Anyone who’s ever had a headache or stomachache as the result of stress has experienced TMS. For most, the pain goes away within a day or two, but for some it becomes a chronic condition. Chronic back pain, neck pain, fibromyagia, carpal tunnel syndrome, and many other conditions that are commonly thought of as having structural causes are often TMS.

Many of my clients bounced around from doctor to doctor for years, unable to find relief for their chronic pain. Usually they come upon the TMS diagnosis as a last resort, having exhausted every treatment from physical therapy to magnets to South American shamanism…

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Posted by Will Baum, LCSW