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Sciatica and TMS Success Stories
Then my husband comes home with a book.Healing back pain by Dr Sarno, he had heard about this book many years ago on Howard Sterns radio show. I screamed at my husband and told him,my MRI shows a disc fragment laying on my thecal sac in my Lumbar spine, how can this pain be caused psychologically? I didnt touch the book for days. Finally after a day straight of crying in pain, I picked it up. I began to read, and I saw myself on the pages. I was the exact personality type for TMS. I read the book, and I stopped taking the nerve pain pills and stopped the IBU,and opiate pain killers.
For three days I suffered like I never suffered before. I had the pills in my hand many times, but I fought through it. Slowly as I read, I was able to finally accept that the pain was caused by my brain, and that the sequestered disc was just a scapegoat for my mind to bring the pain on. I just finished Dr Sarno's Mindbody Prescription, and I am about 75 % cured, I have the pain under control.I still have pain at times, I tell my brain to cut it out, I don't need help to deal with my emotions, and bye, bye pain. Hope this helps someone. "
Allan has a remarkable account of his recovery from sciatica and backpain:
"The diagnosis was spinal stenosis. The MRI indicated that there was calcium buildup in my vertebrae (bone spurs) which was impacting my spinal cord and that I had two bulging discs. I was in so much pain that I was becoming depressed. I was embarrassed to have people open doors for me. I was considering getting a wheel chair but I felt that doing that was acknowledging that it was the end of my active life."
Then he picked up Sarno's books and started to use their techniques: "Monday morning I started. One step, horrible severe pain. The next day, One step, severe pain but manageable. Trying the second step was unbelievable severe pain. I was ready to give up but I was determined and pushed through it. As my leg came down, the pain went away. Completely gone. I couldn't believe it. I went up a few more steps. No pain. I did the rest of the stairs two at a time. No pain. I cancelled the surgery. In two days I had completed my short-term and long-goals. To this day, eight years later, neither my back pain nor my sciatica pain has come back. I am convinced that I would still be in pain were it not for setting goals."
Adam suffered from severe sciatica and backpain for many years. He then Then, I discovered the works of Dr John Sarno and learned the real facts about sciatica I was born again in this knowledge and knew I had found something which might actually fix my back. I immersed myself in his treatment program which actually consisted of learning the true nature of back pain. The treatment taught me what did cause back pain and more importantly, what DID NOT. I made an appointment to see Dr, Sarno, but by the time I actually met with him, I was virtually cured of pain. After 18 years of pure torment, I was free of pain.
"I had sciatica pretty bad for 1 and 1/2 years. I found some relief from taking 4 ibuprofens once or twice a day (for months), but didn't want to live that way. My local MD quickly diagnosed sciatica with the straight leg lift test - steroids and PT didn't help." She then tried Sarno's techniques, and says, "My improvements were dramatic and fast! Within a few days my pain was greatly diminished. Within 4-6 weeks it was 100% gone and I am back doing the rigorous sports I love - weightlifting, handball, tennis, raquetball, snowboarding, windsurfing, skimboarding, catamaran sailing, etc. Hey, I'm not 20 years old either - 50 is pretty close now. If you have sciatica you owe yourself the risk of spending a few bucks on Sarno's book on healing back pain."
Sciatica referenced in TMS Books
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