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Discussion in 'Ask a TMS Therapist' started by Nando Campana, Aug 18, 2016.

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    Dear TMS forum.

    Q: How can I reduce pain levels without taking pain medication ( Tramadol ) when I have a pain flare up?

    My name is Nando Campana from Melbourne Australia it has taken awhile but I am now totally convinced that I have TMS. I hurt my lower back 6 yrs ago, a minor incident, I was seated in my car and turned to the left to get the road map and felt some pain. The strong initial pain went away but I was left with an ongoing pain which I still have today. I have seen lots of medical specialists and therapists and had all sorts of scans etc. There is very little they could find wrong with my back, only a little Right side L5 -S1 facet joint arthritis, other wise my spine very healthy. My pain moves around from my coccyx,sacrum, gluts, lower back, midback, lower ribs area etc.

    I have read and watched Dr Sarno's material and have started the 42 day TMS Structured Program which I am finding very helpful.

    Thanks for your help

    Nando
     
  2. Derek Sapico MFT

    Derek Sapico MFT TMS Therapist

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    Hi Nando.

    I wish that I had a secret method to this but I think this just comes down to making a firm decision. See if you can commit to reducing or eliminating your pain meds and focusing on changing your relationship with the pain.

    Don't let the pain keep you in a state of fear and worry. Try to challenge it and debunk it. If it no longer serves the purpose of scaring you and keeping you preoccupied, it no longer has a reason to exist.

    Work the SEP and build up your confidence. A lot TMS recovery is about having an attitude of empowerment. This has to be practiced so be patient with yourself.

    All the best.

    -Derek


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