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  • My Story

    Dear all,

    I am glad to share my story with those of you still struggling and I hope it can help you to strengthen your faith in your recovery. In my early 30s my life entered a parenthesis after a back spasm that appeared from nowhere while playing tennis. After 4 years of debilitating back pain, unnecessary surgery, constant physical therapy and other treatments and many unanswered questions, my life became very limited. I was skeptical, faithless and depressed.

    When I say paralised.. I mean it! I stayed all day in the sofa and hardly went out for anything, just to visit doctors of phisiotherapist. I could not walk for more than 5 minutes, avoided walking the steps, stopped driving, cookin going out... I was totally paralysed! I lost 10 kilos and became really weak and fearful of any simple movement... Had a hard time even to get my arms up to wash my hair when I was in the shower... not to mention bend or take things from the floor.

    Last year I came across Dr. Sarno’s work and ordered all of his books. I started devouring Healing Back Pain and felt like I was reading my biography!! Finally, I had found answers to all my questions.. I started connecting the dots, everything made sense to me!!!

    It took me only a few days to accept the approach and kept looking for help. Finding the TMS Wiki was a treasure for me, cause as Sarno says...“knowledge is Penicillin”. The site helped me to look for a practitioner in Europe. I was very lucky to hear about Georgie Oldfield in the UK, who helped me to reinforce the diagnosis and set the following challenges with confidence. Within a couple of months I started swimming and my instructor is was just amazed with my daily improvements. Time, perseverance and faith are taking me further.

    I also followed Dr. Schubiners book which I highly recommend. I asked some questions by e-mail and he was always available and helpful.

    Last summer I did my first trips, jumped into the ocean, went out dancing and experienced things I had not been able to enjoy during the last years. Now I just came back from a long trip and I still had to punch me to believe I was there. On my way back, as the plane was about to land in my city, I broke in tears due to the emotion it caused on me: I was there again! Travelling around the world and enjoying great experiences. I felt like a bird out of the cage, This is something I would have not even dreamt about a few years ago.

    I am still on my recovery journey and enjoying every bit of it. As almost every patient says, ‘I am sure this work changed my life for the better.’

    It is amazing to understand how powerful our mind can be.. so it is a question of rewiring and reframing all the "negative false nocebo" statements that were placed out there... Now it is very important to say to yourself: I am healthy and strong. "all the muscles of my back are strong and flexible" or whichever symtpom you have.

    Now I know the power of strong self-dialogue, believe in yourself!!! Because all our muscles are strong and we are always able to do much more than we think.

    I had been wanting to write my story for long and this is what came out, but I will be reviewing it and improving it to offer helpful information. The power for a healthy life is in our mind, we just need to learn how to teach it. It is not difficult, it just takes many repetitions, wholehearted commitment and perseverance. As Dr. Schubiner says "it's like training a puppy".

    Best wishes

    Part II- Recovery from chronic fatigue

    Last year I was doing sports quite often (enjoying physical exercise more than ever after my Back Pain long period- you can read my story to know about it).
    One day I was feeling very tired and nearly collapsed on the mat. I took blood test, and they told me I had anemya, as I had stopped eating meat one year before.
    I resumed taking meat and went through a tough period trying iron tablets that would kill my Stomach.

    The thing is that I felt tired all day, and as you mentioned, had this brain fog, severe fatigue that made me stop doing the thinks I like, sports, and going out because I didnt feel safe for driving and felt really weak, specially at night.

    I wasted the whole summer believing I was sick. By the end of August I took blood test and my iron levels had increased and were fine...
    But I still had the same symtpoms, so they asked me to take test for tyroids.

    The thing is that I had planned a trip to my favourite island in September where I scape every summer and it is like my peace&feel good place... I had planned this in advance after a tough summer.. I missed trips, flights and even a good friend wedding in Italy thinking I could not make it...

    This is the happy ending: I went on vacation without taking the tyroid test, thinking I will do it when I come back, I have had enough of Doctors this summer... I need a break.. I will go even if I have to stay lying on the hammack all day.

    And you know what? Once I stepped on the island, arrived to the comdo with our beautiful swimming pool facing the Mediterranean....
    I went in the water without thinking of my heart beat (which had lasted all summer, and did not "allow" me to swim, something that I love....
    All the symptoms disappeared!!!
    I would jump in the ocean every day, go out, walk... it was like magic...

    My brain learned the symptoms of maybe one tiring day in spring, then whn I learnd I had anemya (very soft, friends with a higher level do a normal life).
    My system learned how to create these fatigue symptoms and kept doing it until I broke the patterns by travelling no matter what....

    This made me feel so misarable for having wasted all summer and so many good experiences, staying at home thinking I was sick....

    After I had lost some years of my life due to "back pain".

    We have to learn that our subconscious mind can send any symptom, and she does it quite well!!


    Two weeks ago the symptoms started again.. I thought maybe my iron levels were low again.. took a blood test, they were fine.. so I went swimming, and all the symptoms disappeared!
    The headache has tried to come back but by ignoring it it just left again.


    I hope my story bring some light and helps you to overcome the symptoms.

    Love, Faith & Hope to everyone
    1. giantsfan
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      Wow, Sienna, that is one heck of a story! I'm so glad to hear you're doing better. It's fascinating that when you go swimming that your symptoms ease off or go away. I have a similar effect when I face the the fears of the things I love to do. Just curious, how did you originally stumble upon Sarno's work?
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  • My Story

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    Dear all,

    I am glad to share my story with those of you still struggling and I hope it can help you to strengthen your faith in your recovery. In my early 30s my life entered a parenthesis after a back spasm that appeared from nowhere while playing tennis. After 4 years of debilitating back pain, unnecessary surgery, constant physical therapy and other treatments and many unanswered questions, my life became very limited. I was skeptical, faithless and depressed.

    When I say paralised.. I mean it! I stayed all day in the sofa and hardly went out for anything, just to visit doctors of phisiotherapist. I could not walk for more than 5 minutes, avoided walking the steps, stopped driving, cookin going out... I was totally paralysed! I lost 10 kilos and became really weak and fearful of any simple movement... Had a hard time even to get my arms up to wash my hair when I was in the shower... not to mention bend or take things from the floor.

    Last year I came across Dr. Sarno’s work and ordered all of his books. I started devouring Healing Back Pain and felt like I was reading my biography!! Finally, I had found answers to all my questions.. I started connecting the dots, everything made sense to me!!!

    It took me only a few days to accept the approach and kept looking for help. Finding the TMS Wiki was a treasure for me, cause as Sarno says...“knowledge is Penicillin”. The site helped me to look for a practitioner in Europe. I was very lucky to hear about Georgie Oldfield in the UK, who helped me to reinforce the diagnosis and set the following challenges with confidence. Within a couple of months I started swimming and my instructor is was just amazed with my daily improvements. Time, perseverance and faith are taking me further.

    I also followed Dr. Schubiners book which I highly recommend. I asked some questions by e-mail and he was always available and helpful.

    Last summer I did my first trips, jumped into the ocean, went out dancing and experienced things I had not been able to enjoy during the last years. Now I just came back from a long trip and I still had to punch me to believe I was there. On my way back, as the plane was about to land in my city, I broke in tears due to the emotion it caused on me: I was there again! Travelling around the world and enjoying great experiences. I felt like a bird out of the cage, This is something I would have not even dreamt about a few years ago.

    I am still on my recovery journey and enjoying every bit of it. As almost every patient says, ‘I am sure this work changed my life for the better.’

    It is amazing to understand how powerful our mind can be.. so it is a question of rewiring and reframing all the "negative false nocebo" statements that were placed out there... Now it is very important to say to yourself: I am healthy and strong. "all the muscles of my back are strong and flexible" or whichever symtpom you have.

    Now I know the power of strong self-dialogue, believe in yourself!!! Because all our muscles are strong and we are always able to do much more than we think.

    I had been wanting to write my story for long and this is what came out, but I will be reviewing it and improving it to offer helpful information. The power for a healthy life is in our mind, we just need to learn how to teach it. It is not difficult, it just takes many repetitions, wholehearted commitment and perseverance. As Dr. Schubiner says "it's like training a puppy".

    Best wishes

    Part II- Recovery from chronic fatigue

    Last year I was doing sports quite often (enjoying physical exercise more than ever after my Back Pain long period- you can read my story to know about it).
    One day I was feeling very tired and nearly collapsed on the mat. I took blood test, and they told me I had anemya, as I had stopped eating meat one year before.
    I resumed taking meat and went through a tough period trying iron tablets that would kill my Stomach.

    The thing is that I felt tired all day, and as you mentioned, had this brain fog, severe fatigue that made me stop doing the thinks I like, sports, and going out because I didnt feel safe for driving and felt really weak, specially at night.

    I wasted the whole summer believing I was sick. By the end of August I took blood test and my iron levels had increased and were fine...
    But I still had the same symtpoms, so they asked me to take test for tyroids.

    The thing is that I had planned a trip to my favourite island in September where I scape every summer and it is like my peace&feel good place... I had planned this in advance after a tough summer.. I missed trips, flights and even a good friend wedding in Italy thinking I could not make it...

    This is the happy ending: I went on vacation without taking the tyroid test, thinking I will do it when I come back, I have had enough of Doctors this summer... I need a break.. I will go even if I have to stay lying on the hammack all day.

    And you know what? Once I stepped on the island, arrived to the comdo with our beautiful swimming pool facing the Mediterranean....
    I went in the water without thinking of my heart beat (which had lasted all summer, and did not "allow" me to swim, something that I love....
    All the symptoms disappeared!!!
    I would jump in the ocean every day, go out, walk... it was like magic...

    My brain learned the symptoms of maybe one tiring day in spring, then whn I learnd I had anemya (very soft, friends with a higher level do a normal life).
    My system learned how to create these fatigue symptoms and kept doing it until I broke the patterns by travelling no matter what....

    This made me feel so misarable for having wasted all summer and so many good experiences, staying at home thinking I was sick....

    After I had lost some years of my life due to "back pain".

    We have to learn that our subconscious mind can send any symptom, and she does it quite well!!


    Two weeks ago the symptoms started again.. I thought maybe my iron levels were low again.. took a blood test, they were fine.. so I went swimming, and all the symptoms disappeared!
    The headache has tried to come back but by ignoring it it just left again.


    I hope my story bring some light and helps you to overcome the symptoms.

    Love, Faith & Hope to everyone
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