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First day with painkillers?

Discussion in 'Structured Educational Program' started by Eastcoast, Jun 5, 2016.

  1. Eastcoast

    Eastcoast New Member

    Hi everyone,
    So I read Healing backpain yesterday, and I started focusing on my tms today, but I still need painkillers for my back/ hip pain.
    Q: Can I gradually wean myself off the pain meds as I develop the right headspace for my tms? I don't think I can go cold turkey?
    Thanks for all your help everyone!
  2. Ellen

    Ellen Beloved Grand Eagle

    I gradually weaned myself off the pain medication, tramadol, while using TMS healing techniques. This approach worked for me, but I will be honest with you that it was not easy. Every time I lowered the dose, my TMS increased. This happens to me anytime I reduce a drug that I've taken for awhile. TMS seems to be my brain's "go to" strategy for dealing with stress of any kind, including the changes brought on by changing drug dosages. But it has been worth it in the end.

    Because I had this experience doesn't mean that is how it will play out for you. We are all different.

    I applaud your decision to try the TMS approach and wean yourself gradually off pain medication. It is well worth it in the end, but does take some patience and persistence for most of us.

    Welcome to the Forum and keep us posted on how you're doing. We are all here to support one another.
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  3. Eastcoast

    Eastcoast New Member

    Thanks for your support Ellen!
  4. Walt Oleksy

    Walt Oleksy Beloved Grand Eagle

    Hi, Eastcoast. Ellen is right.Years ago I was on Librium and got off it cold turkey. That was rough, but I got through it.
    It's much better to slowly get off medication, and always best to do it with your doctor's advice.

    But it's wonderful that you discovered TMS and that our pain can be psychological and not structural. The Mindbody connection in healing is centuries old but in recent years has become more accepted and practiced. Often, doctors or physical specialists do not know what causes pain, so they prescribe pain killers or adjustments. When those things fail to reduce or stop pain, it's obvious that it is caused by our emotions. We are living in increasingly stressful times, so it's no wonder more people have back and other pains or headaches. The thing is to relax, and I find the way to do that best is through meditation.

    Meditation is a time-honored way of relaxing the mind and relieving anxiety, mental stress, headaches, and even physical pain. There are many ways to practice meditation, but many consider the most successful to be a technique called the Relaxation Response (RR).

    It is a wonderful way to practice TMS Mindbody Healing because it changes harmful thinking in the subconscious mind which Dr. John Sarno says causes pain in many people.

    The RR, practiced daily for a few minutes has a profound positive effect on the subconscious mind, relieving or curing everything from inflammation and pain to headaches, stomach problems, insomnia, high blood pressure, to even aiding in recovery from cancer.

    RR is like Transcendental Meditation which is taught by TM specialists who charge hundreds or thousands of dollars. But the RR is free and you can do it yourself.

    It is done 20 minutes once or twice a day, before a meal, and works best if not practiced within two hours after a meal. I do it in bed before arising in the morning and again in bed before falling sleep. Often, I only do it 5 or 10 minutes and it works to calm me and put me to sleep.

    Just sit in a chair (or lie in bed in the morning or at bedtime), close your eyes, don’t listen to any music, and try to avoid outside noises. Let your mind think of a word such as "One " which has no real meaning or association. Or say a calming word such as “Peace,” or add the faith or spiritual element by saying a favorite religious word. Breathe in through the nose, hold the breath for a few seconds, then say the word when you exhale.

    Say the word silently over and over. At the end of the 10 to 20 minutes, picture and feel yourself as you were when you felt your best, and in a place where you felt that way.

    When distracting thoughts arise during the RR, as they will, just tell yourslf, “Oh, well,” and go back to repeating your chosen word. Transcendental Meditation teachers will charge hundreds of dollars to give practitioners a word, but the word you choose yourself in the RR works just as well.

    There are several free videos on Youtube about the Relaxation Response. I especially recommend these two by Dr. Benson:


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