I honestly haven't considered TMS as a possible issue for my foot pain because I've been so certain that this is a running related injury. Yesterday a reader left me this great comment and it got me thinking:
I saw your blog a few months ago when I was looking for other triathletes who (like me) had recoverd from TMS before. I was checking your blog again today and saw your post.
I wanted to encourage you not to rule out TMS again. In my own experiences, I've found that TMS can be very sneaky. In 2007, I was healed from some very chronic pains (back, neck, PF). Then in 2009, after being pain free for 2 yrs, I ran my 1st marathon after which I started having knee and achilles issues. I suffered for 5 months trying all manner of physical treatments and reducing training. Eventually, I treated as if it was TMS and the pain dissolved quickly (within days).
Just my opinion. Best of luck in whichever path you choose toward healing!
Thank you Enrique! I can't tell you how much I appreciate your comment. I think that I'm going to spend a little time looking at this from the TMS viewpoint. The symptoms make sense - the pain has lasted for nearly 3 months, its a non-specific location and random timing, and it seems to be "untreatable" by doctors and physical therapists. My homework is to re-read my copy of "Mind Body Prescription" and start back with the journaling. Every time my foot twinges or tingles I say to myself "What is bothering you now" and "Relax - you cannot be perfect." I am hopeful and optimistic today.
If you or anybody you know is experiencing chronic pain, please consider the idea of the mindbody connection. If anyone is interested I have an 8 page summary of TMS (given to me by Dr. Sarno at my first appointment with him). If you have any questions or would like a copy of this summary please email me at email@example.com.