This quiz was developed by Dr. David Schecter, a doctor who studied under Dr. Sarno. In the words of Dr. Schecter: "Of course a questionnaire can not replace a detailed medical history, examination, and review of x-rays and MRI scans [in reference to back pain.]." It is intended as a tool to help you know if you may have TMS. For more information about Dr. Schecter, visit his website at http://www.mindbodymedicine.com/.
Scoring: 2 points for a Definitely, 1 point for a Yes, and 0 points for a No.
Q. 1) Do you find that your pain level is related to the amount of tension/stress you are experiencing or to how you are coping with your feelings?
Definitely_________ Yes, have noticed this, at times_______ Not really__________
Q.2) Would you describe yourself as in general, "very hard on yourself", "highly responsible for others", or "very thorough, orderly, or perfectionistic"?
Definitely_________ Yes, have noticed that I have some of these characteristics_____
Q. 3)Have you suffered from other tension-related illnesses such as:
--hives, eczema, rashes brought on by tension
--spastic colon, irritable bowel, gastritis, reflux/heartburn
--tension or migraine headaches
--unexplained prostate trouble or pelvic pain
Definitely, two or more categories______ Yes, at least one______ No_________
Q. 4) Have you been told regarding the cause of your pain that "there's nothing that can be done surgically", "there's nothing wrong", "it's a soft tissue problem", or "the cause is degenerative changes"?
Q. 5) Do you spend a great deal of time during the day thinking and worrying about your pain, looking for an answer, obsessing about its cause?
Q. 6) Have you tried several different treatments or approaches for your pain and received only temporary relief from each or no relief from any of them?
Q. 7) Do you find that massage helps your pain significantly OR that you are quite sensitive to massage in several parts of our back or neck?
Total it up:
7-10 points--probable TMS
4-6 points--possible TMS
0-3 points--unlikely to be TMS