Hi Forum Members, I hope this part of my success story is helpful for readers here, who might want details of my history. My story shows how deep one can go into fear, endless searching, money spending ---and still ultimately recover. Many people who come here have similar stories!! I was scheduled for surgery when I finally took Dr Sarno's books into the desert for extended retreat and study, doing three trips in two months. This initiated my recovery. I am submitting here both a sample letter which I wrote to most of the physicians who treated me, and the abbreviated list of practitioners, diagnoses and treatments which I included with the letter. I left off all the alternative healers' specialties, specific diagnoses and treatments, which would be it's own several pager. I wrote to the doctors who treated me about 2 years after I recovered, to educate them about Dr. Sarno's method, since I was such a "hard case" for them. (Some editing errors, but we know "being perfect is enraging to the Inner Child.") Andy B Letter to Physician: Dear Dr. __________ I am writing you because you are one of several practitioners who treated me for severe chronic foot pain during the period 2010 to 2013, and I want to explain how my pain finally ended. With this letter I also want to thank you for your care, which I know reflected your best understanding of my case. I used Dr. John Sarno's mind-body approach to end my pain. Sarno's method works by understanding how our physical symptoms are caused by repression of deeper emotions. Sarno's work is mostly ignored in medicine. I urge you to consider my case for some of your “hard to fix” patients suffering from chronic pain and other symptoms. Please see my enclosed History for more details. In 2012 I spent $20,000.00 out of pocket looking for the right treatment, or the right surgery. I used either crutches or wheelchair most of four years. I saw over 10 physicians in total, including a sports medicine specialist, nerve specialists, an orthopedic physician, several podiatrists, and a number of chiroptractors, and two naturopaths. Please see my enclosed History for more details. Proposed surgeries included “fascia release,” “tarsal nerve release,” and “calf lengthening.” I was also diagnosed with neuropathy. I tried therapies including, but not limited to: blood platelet injections, low die taping, three different sets of orthodics, cold and warm foot baths, night splint, daily physical therapy, stretching, procaine neurotherapy injections, Chinese herbs, acupuncture, deep massage, Neurontin, and special diets. I gave most approaches a solid trial (several months). Relief was temporary, at best. Finally, in my fourth year of worsening pain, I began using Dr. Sarno's approach. I read Dr. Sarno's books, and connected my foot pain with my emotions, and with my Inner Critic. I also saw how my personality, which is a perfectionist and a “goodist” creates huge inner pressures and tension. I consulted with a Sarno-trained physician. I journaled and talked to my mind-body. I began to increase my activity slowly. In a short time the severe symptoms decreased, and in a couple of months I went on my first overnight backpack trip, which was an 8-mile round trip. I have completely recovered from my debilitating foot pain. My long-term double whiplash lingering pain also stopped, which is typical of patients using Sarno's method. I never had the surgical procedures that were strongly suggested would cure my pain. The medical model ---and the alternative medicine--- model link pain with physical (or energetic or systemic) causes. I learned that pain was a distraction from my inner conflicts and emotions, period. I ask you to consider Dr. Sarno's work for your patients that don't respond to typical treatments. Please visit my website www.tmspainrelief.com or www.tmswiki.org for more information. Thank you for your interest in the resolution of my case. Sincerely, Medical History: A--- B---- History of Foot Pain 1-3-13(updated below) Male, 50's, very active with hiking, ski mountaineering until foot pain started. Symptoms as of Janaury 2013: Pain in arch and toward heel of left foot; lesser pain, but exact same location in right foot. I currently stay off feet for most of day. Can’t do most jobs, or hike; daily activities limited. Use wheel chair or crutches for longer walks (stores). Extremely limited life. January 2010, “Dr. A” DPM, Medford, OR prescribes 20 minutes of strap over ball of foot/calf stretch, both left and right foot, once per day, for “possible plantar fasciitus.” Comply with stretching. June 2010, “Dr A” Get X ray showing no fractures, prescribes orthodics, thermal contrast foot soaks, continue stretching, NSAIDs, one cortisone shot. Comply, with no relief through October 2010, during my fire lookout stint. November 2010, I decide to rest the foot using crutches for approx. 5 weeks. Not weight bearing, not casted, continued stretching, but now 10 min per day, as “Dr. A” recommends, continue thermal baths. Pain reduced with lack of foot use. January 2011, began Graston Technique with “Physical Therapist A”, also Myofascial Release with “Message Therapist A”. Debilitating arch pain and minor fibrous arch tissue begins, further limiting activity. Gout blood test with family physician negative. From this time forward I am limiting almost all walking standing, daily living activities to bare minimum. March 2011, “Dr. B” DPM, Medford, OR says, the orthodics you have are not right, I can do ultrasound, but I know what you have. It’s PF and I can operate to fix it.” Prescribes premade orthodics “which are soft” and topical pain patches. Continue stretching with strap. No relief. June 2011, “Dr. C” Chiropractor, Ashland, OR uses manipulation, best temporary pain relief yet, lasts 6 hours or so. Return to lookout for summer using weak cold lazer, ice, self-Guachain (like Graston) rubbing, standard strap stretching, and new stretches: bent knee off step, and backward lunge. Pain begins in right arch, but much less than left. Pain in left foot is worsening over time. October 2011, “Dr C’s” techniques continue, but with little results: trigger point release on calf and thigh, pressure on fascia with tools and stones, magnesium, fish oil, vitamin D, Continue ice, stretching. December 2011, “Dr. B” DPM “we can fix this surgically, two entry cuts, slice fascia 1/3 across. I don’t think you will have relief until the physical tightness is mechanically changed, with surgery.” December 2011, “Dr D,” Naturopath, Ashland, OR: Tests: “Low on testosterone, low on vitamin B12, increase your protein” begin hormone replacement therapy (testosterone), vitamin B12, 90 gr protein per day. Also begin night splint. Later found the "low testosterone" was his idea, but not supported by actual test results. January 2012 “Dr. E” DPM, Los Angeles, CA: X rays (normal) Blood Platelet Injections, new orthodics, took ultrasound images, found no significant thickening of fascia. Results months later from Blood Platelet Injections are poor, more pain. He hit a nerve on one injection, in left foot. March 2012 “Dr. E” Got nerve conduction studies EMG, showed “high normal.” Also had MRI ankle and mid-foot looking for Plantar Fasciitis, found no evidence of Plantar Fasciitis. “Dr. E” suggests heel lift, tweeks orthodics, suggests possible future “calf release surgery.” March 2012, “Dr. F” DPM Ashland, OR, “You have Plantar Fasciitis or Tarsal Tunnel, probably should start with another EMG nerve test, “Dr. H” is good person to see.” I think you need my new orthodics." I pass on new orthodics, but schedule appointment with “Dr. H.” April 2012, “Dr. G”, DPM Medford, OR “You have Plantar Fasciitis. I can operate or you can start with my new orthodics." I pass on both. April 2012, Dr. H”, DPM Palo Alto, CA “You have PF, I don’t operate on PF, because this doesn’t work. Try corporeal shock wave therapy, X3.” I did not do the shock wave. April 2012, “Dr. I”, DPM, sports medicine, Sacramento, CA “You have PF, it is not operable. Use tape and modify orthodics.” Temporary help with taping and his tweek of my orthodics. May 2012, “Dr. J”, DPM Phoenix, AZ, uses Dr. Dellon’s Pressure Specified Sensory Device, determines I have lost two point discrimination, but have good single point sensory. Diagnoses Tarsal Tunnel, prescribes Neurontin, titrating up in 100 mg dose per week. Advises “don’t get manipulations, forget stretching, forget night splints, these may only worsen Tarsal Tunnel." Start Neurontin. Neurontin increased slowly until 1200 mgs per day, no relief, nasty side affects. Stopped Neurontin with confirmation of TT diagnosis with “Dr. K” below. August 2012, “Dr. K” Balitmore, MD uses Pressure Specified Sensory Device, diagnosis is Tarsal Tunnel and Neuropathy, finds “exactly the same results using PSSD as “Dr. J” did.” “Get blood tests to find out a cause.” If systemic causes are ruled out with blood tests, recommends “nerve release” surgery on the Tarsal and other foot nerves, including 3 or 4 constrictions in calf. “Sooner the better, so we have a better chance of success. “85-90% chance of good results, but must act soon to prevent nerves from dying.” Obvious Tinnel sign first observed, after several doctors had looked for it. I don't get the surgery. September 2012, General MD, Ashland, follows up with “Dr. K's” request for Full blood tests, results are no blood indications of systemic causes of neuropathy or foot pain. October 2012, “Dr. L”, sports chiropractor. Portland. Most thorough exam yet. Diagnoses me with both PF and Tarsal Tunnel. Says there is a chance we can avoid surgery. Better Low Dye Taping and orthodic adjustment provide relief, uses Graston and electronic machines including cold laser, back on PT. Continued several months with treatment and home program, results limited to maybe 10% improved, still disabled for all activities except minimal, and continued bike riding for exercise (not weight bearing, so is tolerable, with some pain.) Traveling across Oregon by plane or car every week to receive treatments. December 2012, “Dr. M”, Chiropractor, Ashland, OR supplements “Dr. L's” work to reduce visits to Portland. December 2012, “Dr. N”, Naturapath, Portland, OR Conducted “Neural Therapy” with procaine, in late Dec. Injections every 2 or three weeks of procaine into the tarsal nerve area near ankle (just under the skin, not into the nerve) in effort to “reset nerve.” Procaine treatment provided good relief for pain in the bottom of the foot (arch) temporarily, so “indication the nerve is involved.” No lasting relief. Recommended hydro-dissection to release adhesion around tarsal nerve, rather than surgery. January 2013, “Dr. O,” Orthopedic Physician. Medford, OR. X rays show (normal). “If it was me, I’d start with the TT nerve release surgery, with “Dr. K”, since he is an expert, and if that didn’t work, go for the fascia release (for PF). You’re in a wheelchair, I'd start cutting and see what happens.” Update to History Above: February 2013, Begin Dr. Sarno's work: reading, journaling, inquiring into my personality type, observing inner pressures, tensions. I connect what I know about my inner life to the symptoms, based on Dr. Sarno's understanding. I begin very small pain-free walks, and gradually increase the distance. April 2013 Eight mile backpack trip. First backpacking since 2009. May 2013 Mt. Shasta ski mountaineering with several nights' supplies backpacked in. First skiing since 2009. March 2015 No relapse or symptoms except minor, temporary foot pain on strenuous ski trips.