Do I really have Tension Myositis Syndrome?

Tension Myositis Syndrome is a condition whereby psychological conditions produce real physiological health problems. The most common of which is chronic back pain. However, there is also a long list of other health conditions that can be attributed to Tension Myositis Syndrome. Because 99% of the medical community does not accept (and has never even heard of) TMS as a diagnosis, it is left to the individual patient to rebuke the establishment diagnosis and determine whether they indeed have TMS. In other words, you have to diagnose yourself. We can help. The following is a list of conditions and attributes that are extremely common is chronic pain sufferers caused by TMS. .

Perfectionist Personality

The tendency to get Tension Myositis Syndrome chronic pain is much higher in people with perfectionist personality types. In fact, the correlation between some level of perfectionism and chronic pain runs at about 100 percent. Perfectionism is mainly a beneficial trait and usually leads to a success in many areas of life. However, it does tend to cause relentless subconscious tension because of the individual’s inability to attain a state of perfection. No human being has ever been perfect. The constant low level tension, anxiety, stress, and anger caused by the inability to create a perfect environment overloads the sympathetic nervous system and eventually leads to chronic pain. We see it over and over again.

Two subsections of perfectionism are the Goodist and the Worrier. Both are extremely common in TMS chronic pain sufferers. Goodists are people who try to create “perfect” relationships by always doing good for everybody. Unfortunately, relationships are inherently not perfect and hence cause a continual level of tension for the perfectionist/goodist type. Being extremely good can then lead to TMS. Worriers are people who are constantly worrying about things being perfect in the future. Worriers try to anticipate all possible future obstacles and adjust for them to achieve a perfect future. Of course there are a limitless number of variables in life and things are constantly going awry. Constant worrying can evidentially lead to constant back pain. Easy-going care-free personality types do not seem to get TMS.

6 Points of Palpation for TMS Sufferers

Dr. Sarno has identified six tender points that are present in 99% of people with Tension Myositis Syndrome. These points are similar to the tender points of Fibromyalgia. They are found in the upper trapezius muscles, the lumbar Para spinal muscles, and the upper buttocks. For many people, the tenderness has been present so long in places like the neck and shoulders that they either don't notice it or believe that shoulder tightness is natural and present in everyone. It's not.


Early childhood trauma (especially sexual abuse) may also be a major factor and trigger that creates repressed anger and hence chronic pain. Subconscious emotions are timeless and the mind views all subconscious wounds (even from 40 years ago) as current and still having the ability to cause pain.


Today's world has become much more intense than at any time in history. Other generations may have had it rougher in terms of survival, but no generation has had to deal with more complexity than we do right now. Technology has advanced such that we process 100 times more information per day than just a generation ago. Life creates tension, stress, fear, and anxiety. These emotional stressors create chronic pain. There are also a whole host of other life factors that can create tension such as work, finances, traffic, and family.

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