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Discussion in 'Structured Educational Program' started by erjordan, May 29, 2014.

  1. erjordan

    erjordan New Member

    I am 26 and have been experiencing migraines for about 15 years. In the past 3 or 4 years they have gotten more frequent and more severe. I have been to all sorts of doctors - allergists, neurologists, headache specialists - and even a dietician. I've been on several medications, but try to minimize use of prescriptions because of the fear of rebound headaches and the awful side effects I tend to experience. I have always considered a majority of my migraines to be weather/pressure-related, but in the last few years I have found that certain foods seem to trigger my migraines as well. As a result, I have become super worried about what I am eating and have a pretty restricted diet. Recently, I had my blood tested for food sensitivities and went through a very strict exclusion diet, which only seem to aggravate the situation. As difficult as that was, I would have tried anything. I was desperate!

    This past weekend, some good friends mentioned Dr. Sarno's books and how it changed their life. I read the book over the past couple of days and although I am not the type to accept these concepts normally, I have tried most physical solutions to no avail. I guess you would say I am desperate enough to believe in this although I expect it might take more time and effort for me than it has for others. The hardest part might be going back to eating foods that I "know" cause me to experience migraines, and not letting that fear become a distraction for my mind.

    I definitely fit the personality type described in Dr. Sarno's book. I am an overachiever, perfectionist, take criticism very poorly, always try to make everyone else happy, etc. I suppose it is making my subconscious a little angry... Hopefully I am able to deal with it through this program!
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  2. Eric "Herbie" Watson

    Eric "Herbie" Watson Beloved Grand Eagle

    Your putting to much pressure on yourself erjordon. Lighten up -- give your heart a break and use self compassion a lot, over and over and over till you just love yourself without self judgement or self criticism.
    I had migraines for many many years and I have been winning this battle for some time now. You will have to recondition by lightening up on yourself ok, and when you think a certain food is going to give you a migraine, well guess what, it happens cause that is conditioning like Pavlov's dogs.
    I had the same conditioning, I got to where anything would cause me to have a migraine -- like the sunlight or a little frustration, sugar, a sip of beer, anything.
    We feed this pain with our want to please and be great at all we do then when we get the migraine we beat ourselves up more cause we got one. Stop this, you are here now, it will take some time but you will win -- believe it. And by that I mean you have to feel the emotions that you are creating before during and after the migraine ok. Learn to be at peace with all you do not worrying what others think and soon you will thank me.

    As long as you "know" they will create a migraine, then they will -- then don't eat them and if you wish at a later time slowly introduce those foods back to your diet so you can prove to yourself that its conditioning and self pressure that is causing them ok, this is up to you but remember small steps make huge results. What we focus on we get, focus on the emotions -- feel them and accept them then let them go -- not the structural, even food can be some what of structural thoughts if you think about it.

    You most definatly have the traits, give the most beloved Dr. in the worlds theory a chance and watch miracles happen.
  3. nowtimecoach

    nowtimecoach Well known member

    Welcome to the SEP erjordon! I can guarantee that you will feel better after doing this program. Maybe it won't get rid of the pain totally but it will set you up on a path of self-discovery, compassion and ultimate healing of self (mind body and spirit.) Its taken me some time to get the TMS under wraps but the learning I've gotten is immeasurable. Looking forward to reading more of your posts as you go through the program.
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  4. mominm

    mominm New Member

    I'm right there with you! I started to get daily headaches six months ago and nothing touches them...not even narcotics. I've had MBSyndrome symptoms (and gotten over them!) before and since nothing else is helping with the headaches, it makes so much sense to make this part of my life again...and this time for good. Good luck!
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  5. Ellen

    Ellen Beloved Grand Eagle


    I had migraines for over 50 years, and after using TMS healing techniques for one year, they are completely gone. I never thought it would be possible. There was a time when I had them more days than not. I tried everything else and nothing else worked. My biggest trigger was changes in the barometric pressure, and it took me awhile to realize that this was conditioning. Once I did, I was able to overcome it. If I could do this, you can too! Migraines are pure TMS. They can be eliminated. Just keep doing the SEP, and take it one day at a time.

    And welcome to the forum! Keep us updated on your progress and feel free to ask questions anytime.
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