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Day 1 Another look!!

Discussion in 'Structured Educational Program' started by PeterO, Mar 25, 2013.

  1. PeterO

    PeterO Peer Supporter

    Hi Everyone.

    Actually on Day3 but thought I might do short intro.

    Have returned to TMS concept after an initial investigation in 2012.

    Have purchased & read Dr Sarno's books & another by Howard Schubiner. Currently reading 'Pathways To Pain Relief' e-book by Dr Frances Sommer Anderson & Dr Eric Sherman. A worthwhile read. Also spend time trolling internet for TMS information or YouTube clip.

    Feels like TMS 101.

    I am both fascinated (& scared) by the TMS concept. I am currently home bound with chronic lower back issues and escalating anxiety. I am just hanging on! I have reached a critical stage in my pain history. TMS feels like a final vestige. Am needing some help with mental health issue relating to my pain complex & booked to see psychologist for some assistance. Unfortunately my appointment is not until 4 weeks. Enough time to squeeze in Structured Education Program.

    Conceptually I can understand TMS but I am so full of physical/emotion body fear, including failed back surgery, that I am a bit reluctant to fully release attachment to my medical diagnosis. Also I have a litany of failed wellness attempts over the last 30 years so you think it should be easy.

    All this said, here I am...

    And you too.

  2. JanAtheCPA

    JanAtheCPA Beloved Grand Eagle

    Hi Pete - since you've had a failed surgery, you might be interested in this New Yorker article (which means it's LONG) by well-known medical writer Jerome Groopman, MD: http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2002/04/08/020408fa_FACT He's a fantastic writer.

    I read his book The Anatomy of Hope, last summer, which was very interesting - and there's one section of the book devoted to his own failed back surgery and almost total disability, which he cured using mind-body theories similar to Dr. Sarno's (and he mentions Sarno briefly). It's been a while since I read this article, so I can't remember if it describes his own experience, but you can find descriptions of that elsewhere on the web.

    One day, and one step at a time - you'll get there!

  3. PeterO

    PeterO Peer Supporter

    Thanks Jan.

    Need some affirmation today.

    My little world is a bit bleak

    Having great difficulty in transition in not taking any medication.
    And giving over to TMS approach. I have had 30 years of pain
    response to unravel.

    Maybe I need to build up on my TMS units before making
    any change. Also re-engage with my Alexander Technique

  4. JanAtheCPA

    JanAtheCPA Beloved Grand Eagle

    My now-91-year-old mother did Alexander Technique for years - it saved her from debilitating lower back pain when she was in her 50s/60s (now I know what it really was, of course). A good adjunct to TMS awareness?

    Hang in there, and as for meds, there's a lot of good advice from people here who've been there, done that (you might try a search on the topic).
    I'll still pop an Ibu every once in a while when I'm having a bad day, but in the old days, I had 5-Ibu headaches, so taking just 1 absolutely feels like success to me! So don't be too hard on yourself in that regard.


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