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editrix

New Member, Female, from Upper Peninsula (Michigan)

Apparently, I joined this site in 2015... and then promptly abandoned it. Jul 18, 2017

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  • My Story

    One day, when my mother was dying in 1991, I was lifting several heavy volumes in the university library and felt my lower back "go out." It seemed obvious that it was a physical injury. My mother died a couple months later, and the pain continued for about a year and a half. During that time I tried physical therapy, acupuncture, massage, craniosacral chiropractic, and somatic psychotherapy. (Psychotherapy over the next 12 years helped me a great deal for other reasons, as did Zoloft beginning in 2000.) At some point I read an article about Dr. Sarno in New York magazine (?) and bought one of his books (Mind Over Back Pain*, I think). I set about trying to treat myself, though skeptical that it could be done just by reading a book. At the time, there were only one or two practitioners in the country besides Dr. Sarno, and I didn't live close to any of them. I made some progress, but a year later I was still taking Motrin, using a back support pillow in my car, etc. I went on disability for a while, but arguing with the insurance people over my claim was almost worse than the pain. One day I took some time off from work to drive down to southern California (from San Francisco) to visit a friend. In a bookstore in Ojai I found another of Dr. Sarno's books (Healing Back Pain) and read it immediately. When I left to drive back home a few days later, I removed the back pillow, didn't take so much as an aspirin, and did the 8-hour trip without a twinge of pain. This convinced me of the TMS diagnosis, and I recovered almost completely after that. I would have brief episodes (always lasting 3 days) occasionally but did not fear them. I wrote Dr. Sarno a letter to thank him, and he wrote an encouraging letter back. Cut to November 2016-March 2017. I was so angry about Donald Trump's election and ensuing debacles that I could feel myself trying to push the feelings down—just as I had when facing the void of my mother's death—because the power they seemed to have over me was scary. In March I began to have pain in my left leg (not sciatica), started taking Advil and Excedrin, and was able to dull the pain for up to 12 hours at a time. The efficacy of the drugs is now wearing off, and I have to take them every 4 hours or so. Without them, I can't stand the pain (or so I tell myself). Of course, my fear magnifies the pain, and I can hardly do anything that requires standing or walking. "Knowing" this must be TMS isn't helping, so I am taking the online recovery program offered on this site to hopefully resolve it. *During my recovery from back pain, I had a dream that featured a book called Mind Over Brain Pain.
    1. gailnyc
      gailnyc
      Hi, Editrix. I wonder if you're feeling any better. I saw a comment you wrote connecting Dr. Alan Gordon's somatic techniques with Claire Weekes, and clicked to see your story. Claire Weekes has helped me tremendously with my fear, and I wonder if you've been able to use her techniques to help with the sciatica.
    2. editrix
      editrix
      Apparently, I joined this site in 2015... and then promptly abandoned it.
    3. editrix
      editrix
      Frustrated. Kicking myself because I "know" all this but can't seem to overcome my pain with knowledge alone.
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  • My Story

    Gender:
    Female
    Home Page:
    https://editorite.com
    Location:
    Upper Peninsula (Michigan)
    Occupation:
    Scientific editor
    Introduction:
    I thought I had complete confidence in my self diagnosis of TMS (back pain) in the early '90s, but I've now had debilitating pain in one leg for several months and can't seem to resolve it by myself.
    Diagnoses:
    TMS: self-diagnosed via Dr. Sarno's books, 1991-92
    One day, when my mother was dying in 1991, I was lifting several heavy volumes in the university library and felt my lower back "go out." It seemed obvious that it was a physical injury. My mother died a couple months later, and the pain continued for about a year and a half. During that time I tried physical therapy, acupuncture, massage, craniosacral chiropractic, and somatic psychotherapy. (Psychotherapy over the next 12 years helped me a great deal for other reasons, as did Zoloft beginning in 2000.) At some point I read an article about Dr. Sarno in New York magazine (?) and bought one of his books (Mind Over Back Pain*, I think). I set about trying to treat myself, though skeptical that it could be done just by reading a book. At the time, there were only one or two practitioners in the country besides Dr. Sarno, and I didn't live close to any of them. I made some progress, but a year later I was still taking Motrin, using a back support pillow in my car, etc. I went on disability for a while, but arguing with the insurance people over my claim was almost worse than the pain. One day I took some time off from work to drive down to southern California (from San Francisco) to visit a friend. In a bookstore in Ojai I found another of Dr. Sarno's books (Healing Back Pain) and read it immediately. When I left to drive back home a few days later, I removed the back pillow, didn't take so much as an aspirin, and did the 8-hour trip without a twinge of pain. This convinced me of the TMS diagnosis, and I recovered almost completely after that. I would have brief episodes (always lasting 3 days) occasionally but did not fear them. I wrote Dr. Sarno a letter to thank him, and he wrote an encouraging letter back. Cut to November 2016-March 2017. I was so angry about Donald Trump's election and ensuing debacles that I could feel myself trying to push the feelings down—just as I had when facing the void of my mother's death—because the power they seemed to have over me was scary. In March I began to have pain in my left leg (not sciatica), started taking Advil and Excedrin, and was able to dull the pain for up to 12 hours at a time. The efficacy of the drugs is now wearing off, and I have to take them every 4 hours or so. Without them, I can't stand the pain (or so I tell myself). Of course, my fear magnifies the pain, and I can hardly do anything that requires standing or walking. "Knowing" this must be TMS isn't helping, so I am taking the online recovery program offered on this site to hopefully resolve it. *During my recovery from back pain, I had a dream that featured a book called Mind Over Brain Pain.