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Mind Body Syndrome: Is It Real Or Just A Figment Of Your Imagination?

Have you ever heard of Mind Body Syndrome (MBS), also known as Tension Myositis Syndrome (TMS,) among other names?

If you have never suffered from chronic back, shoulder, and neck pain, or from stomach issues like Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), as well as a host of skin conditions and different types of headaches, then read no further!

But, if like millions of people around the world, you do suffer on an ongoing basis from one of the above-mentioned conditions and have found conventional medicine unable to give you a proper diagnosis or course of action, then you should consider the possibility that MBS/TMS may be the cause of your pain.

So how do you know if you suffer from MBS/TMS? Do you need to go to be diagnosed by a practitioner? Well, the answer to that is yes and no.

Before you go to seek advice, it’s worth looking at the personality types that are most susceptible to the condition.

Here is a list of 18 personality traits which are usually associated with MBS and TMS, so you can check off how many, if any, apply to you. Do you have some, any, or many of the following personality and character traits?

  1. Having low self-esteem
  2. Being a perfectionist
  3. Having high expectations of yourself
  4. Wanting to be good and/or be liked
  5. Frequently feeling guilt
  6. Feeling dependent on others
  7. Being conscientious
  8. Being hard on yourself
  9. Being overly responsible
  10. Taking on responsibility for others
  11. Often worrying
  12. Having difficulty making decisions
  13. Following rules strictly
  14. Having difficulty letting go
  15. Feeling cautious, shy, or reserved
  16. Tending to hold thoughts and feelings in
  17. Tending to harbor rage or resentment
  18. Not standing up for yourself

There are many people who have never even thought about themselves in this way, but on reading the above list, discover that indeed they are of this personality type and that may explain the reason for the pain.

If you have back or neck pain and the MRI doesn’t show any serious abnormality, then there is a good chance you have MBS/TMS. If you have back pain or neck pain and the MRI shows some bulging discs, some spinal stenosis, some degenerated discs or other minor abnormalities, then you may have MBS/TMS.

Several research studies have shown that most people have evidence of mild to moderate changes on MRI such as these and have no back or neck pain. In addition, neither baseline MRI’s nor follow up MRI’s are useful predictors of low back pain.

If you think you may be a candidate for MBS/TMS, go ahead and search for Mind Body Syndrome and Tension Myositis Syndrome on the internet, for further information and resources.