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Discussion in 'Structured Educational Program' started by felipejs67, Jun 29, 2016.

  1. felipejs67

    felipejs67 New Member

    My story begins 18 years ago when I heard about Sarno when I watched a 20/20 show about back pain. At the time I knew at least three close friends with back pain and several acquaintances, but at the time I did not suffer from any pain of my own. Of course I recommended John Sarno's book to my friends/relatives without having read it myself. Five years later I started to suffer from back pain. I was initially diagnosed with spinal arthritis from an MRI. But when I went for a second opinion, a specialist told me I was fine, just needed to lose weight and there was nothing wrong with me. Except I was in extreme pain. That's when I remembered the 20/20 show and John Sarno, and I went and bought Healing Back Pain. Two weeks later, after reading this book I was free of pain. Completely. It felt like a miracle, I had suffered for 18 months with pain every day, and after reading this book I was free of pain. Well, I'd been 13 years free of pain and then last year I went through an extremely stressful moment in my life. I had job stress, financial stress, family stress. This time I started getting intestinal/stomach pain alternating with knee pain. At times I also got back pain, but that goes away quickly. I've been managing my stress a lot better but, the pains are still there. My knee pain does not let me play soccer and my stomach pains do not let me sleep well. So I am starting this treatment/program to battle this TMS pain and hopefully be back to normal activities. I am hopeful I can go back to a normal life free of pain and discomfort.
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  2. Walt Oleksy (RIP 2021)

    Walt Oleksy (RIP 2021) Beloved Grand Eagle

    Hi, Felipe. Welcome to this TMS online community. You have definitely come to the right place to heal from your symptoms.

    It is great that you already know you previously healed from back pain after reading Dr. Sarno and learning about TMS emotions causing your pain.
    The SEProgram will help you discover new or old emotions that are causing your current stomach and knee discomfort. Recent events may have triggered the previous emotional stress from your job, finances, and family. Journaling will be a big help to you in discovering the repressed emotions. If you can't play soccer right now, try to do some mild exercise at home so you stay physically active.

    In addition to doing the SEProgram, I recommend that each day you go back over Dr. Sarno's 12 Daily Reminders. I especially like the longer version from Herbie, one of the many helpful member of this web site.

    Herbie’s Extended Version of Dr. Sarno’s 12 DAILY REMINDERS

    1. The pain is due to TMS. This is real pain or anxiety but it is caused by subconscious tensions and triggers, stressors and traits to your reactions and fears and also when at boiling point your conscious tension can and does also cause real pain.
    2. The main reason for the pain is mild oxygen deprivation. This means that when you get in pain or anxiety then the blood is restricted from going to your lower back, for instance. The blood being restricted causes oxygen deprivation which causes the pain. Remember, where there is no oxygen then there is pain in the body. Also, the pain stays because of fear.
    3. TMS is a harmless condition caused by my REPRESSED EMOTIONS so even though you think you can harm yourself from the years of pain you have felt and how you feel in general -- so far no reports have been heard from TMS healing knowledge causing damage to anyone, it only helps.
    4. The principle emotion is your repressed ANGER -- this means under your consciousness lies something that happens automatically to everyone. TMSers have repressions that are stored because of our personality traits, traumas, stressors, fears, strain, etc... When these stored repressions build and build, then eventually they cause the brain to send pain into your body to keep you from having an emotional crises. The mind-body thinks it is helping you.
    5. TMS exists to DISTRACT your attentions from the emotions, stressors, tensions and strains of your personality traits because if you can get distraction then you won’t have to be in emotional turmoil. When you don't face and feel your emotions and they get repressed because you didn't want to deal with something -- they are just adding up in this beaker, ready to pour over and create real pain and anxiety in your body.
    6. Since my body is perfectly normal, there is nothing to fear. So in reality when I fear the pain or anxiety I just cause myself undo strain and tension adding to the beaker of pain. If I fear, then I feed the pain, If I fear, it’s impossible to recondition. Fear keeps the pain and anxiety alive in the body through focus.
    7. Therefore, physical activity is harmless. If I want to work against the pain I could but it’s better to lose some of the pain so when I start my life over I have to be in pain trying to heal because facing the repressions and all the other activities that cause the pain and reversing my fear and focus to them, then I can heal.
    8. I am resuming all normal physical activity. I don't fear moving anymore. I believe in my body’s ability to heal now. I can move as I want. I will not fear moving with a bent back anymore. I will also practice going out and acting normal again, not in fear of what pain might do to me.
    9. The pain is unimportant and powerless. Its only power is how it is hidden -- its illusion, its fear.
    10. I will keep my attention on the emotional issues. I will think about my emotions and feel my emotions throughout the day. I will not judge, criticize or fear my emotions. I will not run from my emotional issues but face every one of them. I will feel my emotions fully and cry if I need to. Then I will release the emotion and get my mind and thoughts back to my life and living in the present.
    11. I am in control of all of this. This is how I recover.
    12. I will be thinking PSYCHOLOGICALLY AT ALL TIMES. This means I will keep my thoughts on psychological issues like happiness, fear and anger -- traits and triggers, conditioning and journaling -- The science behind mind-body/TMS healing, etc.... This way I will not feed my thoughts to the body -- that is a trick of TMS. TMS will always try to get me to focus on the body caused by the pain until I break its show and flair. When I get my attention off physical symptoms and on to emotional issues and psychological issues then I will not feed the fear of the physical issues anymore, thus making the TMS of no pain effect on the body. This will in return, give us the cure and become pain-free.
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  3. felipejs67

    felipejs67 New Member

    Walt, thanks for the encouragement and tips! I will do my best to follow this advice. I will print out the 12 daily reminders and read them daily. It was very encouraging to read your reply, it touched me that you took the time and effort to help.


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