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Walt Oleksy
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Walt Oleksy

Beloved Grand Eagle, Male, from Glenview, IL

I am a freelance writer of books for preteens and teenagers. A list of them is at www.walteroleksybooks.com Nov 2, 2012

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  • My Story

    That's me with my darling Annie, a 70-pound lap dog.


    I was 82 and never had any pain except a few toothaches when I was a teenager. I was never even sick, just had a couple of hernias from lifting my dog the wrong way. Then last fall I lifted a case of 36 cans of beer into a shopping cart at the supermarket and felt excruciating pain in my back. Somehow, I got home, but the pain stayed with me.

    I try never to see a doctor and didn’t with the back ache, figuring he’d want to give me strong pain killers or have an operation. I toughed it out, then after about two weeks I emailed a friend who is a nurse in Hawaii. I asked her advice and she said I should read a book, Healing Back Pain, by Dr. John E. Sarno. She said it helped another friend, a psychiatrist, who had back pain, so I bought a copy and learned that Dr. Sarno says most if not all our back and other pain is not caused by lifting or any structural damage from aging, but from our repressed emotions.

    I read the Sarno book and followed its 12 daily reminders that reinforce the knowledge that the pain is a disorder he calls Tension Myositis Syndrome (TMS), a slight deprivation of oxygen to parts of the body that is caused by our repressed emotions. It suggested “journaling,” writing down what we can remember of our youth, since many of our pain problems began back when we were young, from family or other stresses. I certainly fit that description growing up during the Great Depression of the 1930s and World War II.

    I grew up with my parents never having much money and drinking too much. They divorced when I was about six years old, Mom remarried, a man who owned his own house, which gave my older brother and sister a roof over our heads. A year later Mom left him and went back to my birth father. Ten years later he died and she married his brother who was very jealous and also a heavy drinker. He made life miserable for my sister and me, but my brother had run away and joined the navy.

    I went to college, then the army, and had no anxiety, but that returned when I became a newspaper reporter and then freelance writer, never having regular income. You want a stressful job, be a reporter on a Chicago newspaper and cover crime and violence. And being self-employed brings its own stresses, for me mostly financial uncertainties.

    During my freelance years, I also tried caring for my mother but learned the hard way how difficult it is to be a caretaker. After two years I asked my brother to find another place for Mom to live, and that left me with a lot of guilt. I thought I had repressed it, but lifting that case of beer gave me back pain to tell me I hadn’t put that guilt to rest.

    Sarno’s book helped me to get rid of about 95 percent of my back pain, but I still felt lower back pain. I refused to believe that 100 percent of my pain came from TMS repressed emotions. It took me more than six months before I decided Sarno was
    100 percent right and the pain went away.

    I attribute my pain relief mainly to Dr. Sarno and the web site www.TMSWiki.org. I found that many others became free of pain by following advice and posts on that web site and I highly recommend it to everyone, even if they are not in pain. It is an amazing treasure house of information and help on healing.

    Along the way over the past year I’ve felt some pain relief from reading another Sarno book, The Mindbody Prescription, as well as The Great Pain Deception by Steven Ray Ozanich, Pain Free for Life by Dr. Scott Brady, MD, You Can Heal Yourself by Louise L. Hay, Hope and Help for Your Nerves by Claire Weekes, Loving What Is by Byron Katie, and Instant Self-Hypnosis by Forbes Robbins Blair. Most recently

    I have found more great healing techniques by following the advice and writings of Dr. James Alexander, psychologist and author of The Hidden Psychology of Pain, and Dr. Alan Gordon, psychotherapist, following his Recovery Program free on www.TMSWiki.org.

    I also believe I have been helped to be pain-free by daily playing a hypnosis DVD, “Stress Relief for Life,” by London psychotherapist and hypnotherapist Susan Hepburn.

    Mainly, I believe I finally stopped feeling back pain because I convinced my subconscious mind that it was 100 percent from TMS repressed emotions. That, and deep breathing, relaxed me and enabled me to learn the pain was all in my head.

    Also, last but probably not least, I added the spiritual element to my healing, which Dr. Brady suggests in his book. I began reading The Bible and began walking more closely with God, following His own advice: “Ask and you shall receive.” I asked to be pain-free and for release from guilt and anxiety and to achieve some steady income, and He answered my prayers.

    One or more of the techniques suggested by Dr. Sarno and the others I have read could help you to overcome your pain, whatever it is. And ask whatever God you worship to help you and He will. “Believe and you shall receive.”
    1. Anna Marie
      Anna Marie
      I am trying to think psychological and not physical, but I feel so overwhelmed and afraid that this will never end. Part of me keeps saying this TMS is crazy, something physical is wrong. I am hoping as I read more of your book, I will fully accept the diagnosis of TMS and learn techniques to calm my mind.
      3/3
    2. Anna Marie
      Anna Marie
      I am trying to practice what he suggests to heal and feel I have made progress, but not as much as I would like. While on this site, I saw your book suggested and have bought it in the last week. I am in the process of reading it now. I was thrilled to find a TMS book that included faith in the recovery. I have a lot going on in my life right now and have had more pain in my foot again (plantar fascitis). 2/3
    3. Anna Marie
      Anna Marie
      Hi Walt, I believe I have had TMS most of my life. For the past six years, the pain and symptoms have been pretty constant, rotating between foot pain, back pain, and IBS. MY anxiety has also steadily increased. Last May, my doctor suggested I read Dr. Sarno's book THe Mind Body Prescription. Right away I knew he was describing me! It was exciting. 1/3
    4. Franco
      Franco
      I can relate to a great deal in your story. Very inspirational. Thanks for sharing
    5. PattiAnn2763
      PattiAnn2763
      Wow!! Really loved your story!! Thanks for sharing. Congratulations on your Success!! I noted all of your books to read☺️Namaste
    6. Cricket313
      Cricket313
      What a great story, Walt! Thanks for sharing and congratulations on your success.
    7. Click#7
      Click#7
      I think another good read for you would be Thank God Ahead of time by Michael H. Crobsy, O.F.M, cap. To round out the spiritual aspects you mentioned about Fr. Solanus Casey...who said to ask God ahead of time and you shall receive..because it's like putting God on the spot.
    8. Evsperl
      Evsperl
      Wonderful story. You are such a positive presence on the wiki!
    9. ThatBookBlewMyMind
      ThatBookBlewMyMind
      wow what a story
    10. Carol Omans
      Carol Omans
      So glad to read your story and that you are better. I have an appointment with a student of Dr. Sarno's next Friday. I can't wait as I have been suffering for years. We are neighbors! Stay well!
      And yes I pray and it works in so many ways. Carol
    11. 0208mad
      0208mad
      My pain is pretty bad and I am so scared it will get worse and worse. Need some advice. Thanks.
    12. 0208mad
      0208mad
      Hi we chatted a while back. Want to start the TMS programme again but it seems to have changed. Could you give me the link to get back on it. Thanks.
    13. Wendyc
      Wendyc
      Thank you for sharing. Also I'm happy to see a recommendation for a hypnosis cd. I was wondering if it would help.
    14. Saoirse
      Saoirse
      WOW thats a great inspirational story and fills me with hope for the future
    15. douggie
      douggie
      Thanks for sharing your story Walt and being a continued support to my recovery
    16. Lady Phoenix
      Lady Phoenix
      Thank you Walt for sharing your story. You certainly have done your research!
    17. riverrat
      riverrat
      Awesome story Walt! Thank you so much!
    18. Joely
      Joely
      Y am I not getting any replies to my question I asked by the therapist section?
    19. Nanna7
      Nanna7
      Hi Walt, I'm new and have written my story. Where do I go to share it and get help with my tms symptoms that's at the end of my story please?
    20. Loraine121
      Loraine121
      Walt thanks for sharing your beautiful story, I so enjoyed reading the similarities of my own story.
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  • My Story

    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Glenview, IL
    Occupation:
    writer
    That's me with my darling Annie, a 70-pound lap dog.


    I was 82 and never had any pain except a few toothaches when I was a teenager. I was never even sick, just had a couple of hernias from lifting my dog the wrong way. Then last fall I lifted a case of 36 cans of beer into a shopping cart at the supermarket and felt excruciating pain in my back. Somehow, I got home, but the pain stayed with me.

    I try never to see a doctor and didn’t with the back ache, figuring he’d want to give me strong pain killers or have an operation. I toughed it out, then after about two weeks I emailed a friend who is a nurse in Hawaii. I asked her advice and she said I should read a book, Healing Back Pain, by Dr. John E. Sarno. She said it helped another friend, a psychiatrist, who had back pain, so I bought a copy and learned that Dr. Sarno says most if not all our back and other pain is not caused by lifting or any structural damage from aging, but from our repressed emotions.

    I read the Sarno book and followed its 12 daily reminders that reinforce the knowledge that the pain is a disorder he calls Tension Myositis Syndrome (TMS), a slight deprivation of oxygen to parts of the body that is caused by our repressed emotions. It suggested “journaling,” writing down what we can remember of our youth, since many of our pain problems began back when we were young, from family or other stresses. I certainly fit that description growing up during the Great Depression of the 1930s and World War II.

    I grew up with my parents never having much money and drinking too much. They divorced when I was about six years old, Mom remarried, a man who owned his own house, which gave my older brother and sister a roof over our heads. A year later Mom left him and went back to my birth father. Ten years later he died and she married his brother who was very jealous and also a heavy drinker. He made life miserable for my sister and me, but my brother had run away and joined the navy.

    I went to college, then the army, and had no anxiety, but that returned when I became a newspaper reporter and then freelance writer, never having regular income. You want a stressful job, be a reporter on a Chicago newspaper and cover crime and violence. And being self-employed brings its own stresses, for me mostly financial uncertainties.

    During my freelance years, I also tried caring for my mother but learned the hard way how difficult it is to be a caretaker. After two years I asked my brother to find another place for Mom to live, and that left me with a lot of guilt. I thought I had repressed it, but lifting that case of beer gave me back pain to tell me I hadn’t put that guilt to rest.

    Sarno’s book helped me to get rid of about 95 percent of my back pain, but I still felt lower back pain. I refused to believe that 100 percent of my pain came from TMS repressed emotions. It took me more than six months before I decided Sarno was
    100 percent right and the pain went away.

    I attribute my pain relief mainly to Dr. Sarno and the web site www.TMSWiki.org. I found that many others became free of pain by following advice and posts on that web site and I highly recommend it to everyone, even if they are not in pain. It is an amazing treasure house of information and help on healing.

    Along the way over the past year I’ve felt some pain relief from reading another Sarno book, The Mindbody Prescription, as well as The Great Pain Deception by Steven Ray Ozanich, Pain Free for Life by Dr. Scott Brady, MD, You Can Heal Yourself by Louise L. Hay, Hope and Help for Your Nerves by Claire Weekes, Loving What Is by Byron Katie, and Instant Self-Hypnosis by Forbes Robbins Blair. Most recently

    I have found more great healing techniques by following the advice and writings of Dr. James Alexander, psychologist and author of The Hidden Psychology of Pain, and Dr. Alan Gordon, psychotherapist, following his Recovery Program free on www.TMSWiki.org.

    I also believe I have been helped to be pain-free by daily playing a hypnosis DVD, “Stress Relief for Life,” by London psychotherapist and hypnotherapist Susan Hepburn.

    Mainly, I believe I finally stopped feeling back pain because I convinced my subconscious mind that it was 100 percent from TMS repressed emotions. That, and deep breathing, relaxed me and enabled me to learn the pain was all in my head.

    Also, last but probably not least, I added the spiritual element to my healing, which Dr. Brady suggests in his book. I began reading The Bible and began walking more closely with God, following His own advice: “Ask and you shall receive.” I asked to be pain-free and for release from guilt and anxiety and to achieve some steady income, and He answered my prayers.

    One or more of the techniques suggested by Dr. Sarno and the others I have read could help you to overcome your pain, whatever it is. And ask whatever God you worship to help you and He will. “Believe and you shall receive.”