A funny thing happened to me on the way to recovery. The day after I wrote about how advantageous it is to become more active, I woke up with acute, throbbing pain in a red, swollen foot on which I could not walk. The foot is a common place for MBS/TMS.
I was stunned, confused, and baffled. The timing seemed too consequential NOT to be mindbody. Yet, I tried every which way without success to make a mindbody connection. I was driving myself crazy trying to figure it out. I kept thinking my mind must be protecting me against the fear of hurting myself from increased activity. Yet, the foot pain was exactly like gout pain, and it was getting worse, not better.
I’ve had a history of gout for which I take medication to prevent attacks. Gout is often related to an inherited abnormality in the body to process uric acid. It definitely looked and felt like gout. On the third day when it was worse, I called my primary physician who recommended an anti-inflammatory. That is helping and I’ve decided I am, indeed, in the throes of a gout attack which is not MBS/TMS.
In fact, I remember a man who was in Dr. Schubiner’s mindbody classes in 2007 who suffered gout, and the doctor specifically told us gout was not mindbody.
All of which brings me to the point of deciphering what is and what is not MBS/TMS.
According to Dr. Schubiner, a mindbody condition is not: tissue breakdown in the body, cancer, heart disease or hot, swollen joints. My foot and toe joint were definitely hot, red, and swollen.
If you cannot associate a symptom with an emotional trigger in your life, and you experience the above physical abnormalities, the chances are great that you are not suffering from MBS/TMS.
I realize this adds to the confusion of figuring out MBS/TMS. But, on the other hand, it is a reminder that not all physical ailments are mindbody. Understanding mindbody disorders is a process that takes time. Don’t get discouraged. It takes practice and more practice until you fully understand yourself and your body. But in the end, won’t it be worth it?