Please keep in mind that before treating any condition, including Prostate Pain, as TMS or PPD, it is vitally important to consult with your physician in order to rule out any serious medical conditions. To learn more about TMS and PPD, and to help you figure out if you have it, visit our An Introduction to TMS page and watch the video there. Some more guidance in figuring out if this approach is right for you can be found in the video at the top of our So You Think You Might Have TMS page.
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Prostate Pain and TMS Success Stories
- An Amazon Customer says, "I was diagnosed with prostatitis that was so severe I was waking up an average of 3 to 4 times a night for months. I was getting so little sleep I could barely make it through a day. The urologist told me my prostrate was significantly inflamed and this would be a life long problem and had me on very strong medication which did not help much. I read Doctor Sarno's book and went to see him. I sat in on his lecture and within two weeks my prostate was completely back to normal with no medication. Since then I have applied Doctor Sarno's technique to other pain maladies with much success. This man is one of the most courageous men in the field of medicine. He towers above most MD's. I have tremendous respect for him."
- An Amazon customer writes, "Dr. Sarno's book was a miracle. Upon reading it and accepting his theories, I was cured of the chronic prostatitis that had been plaguing me for well over 4 years. Dr. Sarno helped me find the true nature of my ailment where 17 other doctors had failed, and all in the course of one weekend. I'm grateful to his work for it allowed me to reclaim my life."
- An Amazon customer writes, "My problem was what urologists call non-bacterial prostatitis, neurologists call pudendal nerve entrapment, musculo-skeletal therapists call coccydynia, physical therapists call piriformis syndrome, ... Summarizing, no specialist knew what what the ... was going on with me but all of them claimed that it was something within their field. Moreover, many suggested surgery as the only solution. The pain was very bad and I could not lead a normal life. After a lot of internet searching, I came across Dr. Sarno's books and, because I was so desperate, decided to give them a chance. Now I'm 100% OK. (A piece of advise: don't wait till you're desperate!). There is also a great deal of positive feedback about a technique developed by David Wise, Ph.D. (a psychologist who spent 8 years in the Department of Urology at Stanford University Medical Center) and Rodney Anderson, M.D.who is a professor of Urology at Stanford University Medical School. They have written a book called "Headache in the Pelvis", which details the importance of stress relaxation techniques and their belief that there is a self-perpetuating subconscious mechanism behind prostate pain - where pain causes pelvic muscles to be tensed, which further aggravate pain symptoms. They recommend a mixture of relaxation techniques and trigger point massage. Below are some reviews from Amazon of their book:
- Daniel Perlmutter writes, "If you have been diagnosed with non-specific prostititis or frequent urination that does not respond to medication, YOU MUST get and read this book. This authoritative volume written by a PHD and MD urologist describes the ground-breaking Stanford Medical Center protocol that has successfully treated many men and women who suffer from pelvic pain syndrome that is often misdiagnosed as a disease or dysfunction of the protstate, bladder, or kidneys. After years of suffering, I am finally receiving treatment that I am confident with deal with the underlying issues that created the symptoms that 3 urologists, hundreds of pills, and countless tests did not properly address."
- Jason writes, "When I bought this book I was desperate with pain and unable to take prescribed pain medicine."
Urologists and internal medicine doctors are dubious about efficacy of the approach - but you shouldn't be. It save me and many others. Here's my take. The book has three important aspects: the authors are smart flexible thinkers who were paying attention during their time with patients, they employ trigger point release which is remarkable in it's own right (see Travel & Simons), finally, progressive relaxation was lifted from Edmund Jacobson - a practical genius. You can trust the Stanford protocol."
- Thomas James writes, "I suffered from prostatitis/CPPS for 3 years and my life became absolutely miserable. I received 4 different diagnoses from 4 urologists, tried over 20 prescription medications, vitamins and herbs and underwent several very uncomfortable and expensive procedures all of which did hardly anything to help my symptoms which had slowly increased in intensity over time (sound familiar?) Eventually I met one of the authors of the book, David Wise and he taught me the techniques described in the book. Slowly, I began to heal myself, without any medication. Six months later my symptoms were diminished significantly and nine months later I felt I was healed. It is now 2 ½ years after I first started to practice these methods and if feel that I have been freed of this horrific condition."
- Salamander's story: In this story, Salamander discusses how he had a variety of PPD symptoms since he was 16 year old, including achilles tendonitis. His symptoms were so severe that he believed the only possibly explanation was structural damage. How could one's unconscious mind create such extreme and debilitating pain? Through reading and rereading Dr. Sarno's books, Salamander began to accept the diagnosis and recover. Follow the link to read more about Salamander's TMS Success Story.
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