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Healed from back pain including paralysis

Discussion in 'Success Stories Subforum' started by joshcm, May 25, 2019.

  1. joshcm

    joshcm Peer Supporter

    Hi All - Finally posting my healing journey. I hope it can help some of you. Apologies in advance for the rambling length of the post.

    I started suffering leg pain in 2015. I started noticing a dull ache in my hamstring and I put it down to too much heavy deadlifting in the gym. Coincidently it occurred as I was about to leave the UK and move to New Zealand. I knew nothing about TMS at this stage. I carried on working out daily as the pain was not that bad and wasn't getting worse (or better). A few months into my new life in NZ, I decided to use a free physio consult to see if it would help to resolve the issue, I was convinced it was a slight hamstring tear. The physio sent me off with some advice but said it was nothing to worry about as I had full range of motion and strength. A few weeks later, I decided to see a second physio.

    After a quick consultation, he informed me that in his option I had some disc bulges and should immediately stop all exercise, even pull-ups, push-ups etc. He referred me to a sports doctor who sent me for an MRI. Upon reviewing the imaging, I had two medium size disc bulges at l4/l5 and l5/s1. A further recommendation of complete avoidance of exercise and possible surgery with an expectation that it will get worse. Overwhelmed with fear I stopped all exercise aside from walking - I did not want to increase the chances of permanent damage by making it worse. Almost immediately the pain worsened significantly. it developed in full-blown sciatica of the worst possible kind. The burning nature of the pain became spectacular and I lost around 70% mobility and range of motion, I could not bend forward at all. I effectively became disabled and dark depression set in. Then the symptoms got really interesting, I developed pain in the middle of my back, (must be more discs slipping I thought) My right knee developed permanent pain, neck pain, pelvic pain, stomach pain, severe sciatica in both legs, foot pain, pain in both hands, skin itching, restless leg(s), loss of sense of smell, achne, vibrations, pinching, tingling and most disturbing, complete numbness/loss of feeling in my backside and feet.

    My body was breaking apart and I was becoming a shell. From highly athletic to an old man in the space of months. My relationship suffered - I broke down in uncontrollable tears while driving with my girlfriend. I couldn't drive or sit for longer that one minute without unbearable pain. I avoided flights, my life was being limited beyond measure. My back was a fragile mess that was systematically breaking down and I was just hoping that I could avoid being in a wheelchair and losing bodily functions. The worse part was remembering how fit I used to be, to run, to lift, to be free. It was the darkest time of my life. Surgery became my only option.

    I found the knowledge - healing back pain by John Sarno. I read it, and again, I learnt about the mind, the immense mystery of the mind, I absorbed all the information I could and I started to believe in TMS as a concept. I was the archetype. As I was beginning to convince myself I had TMS I developed the scariest symptom of all. I went for a workout at the gym and something felt odd in my back while lifting. I went home and rested. The next day I went out for a run and my left leg wouldn't take my weight, my calf was completely paralysed. I went back to the sports doctor. It was an emergency, permanent nerve damage, expect bladder and bowl failure and immediate surgery. At our darkest moments, we are tested. I read some quotes from Rumi that saved me, healed me, brought me back from the brink." the wound is where the light enters you" "the cure for your pain is your pain". I realised that you really do have to wait in the darkness to see the sunrise.

    I told the doc that I was going to wait it out, give myself some time. He advised me to not exercise at all and the moment it gets worse I need to scheduled surgery immediately. It was the last time I ever saw him. I started exercising the next day, light jogging, playing 5 a side football (I was limping so bad and told everyone I had a hamstring problem). I got back into CrossFit, Olympic lifting et all. I lifted through pain, the searing burning sciatic nerve pain was extremely pissed off but I turned my anger on the pain even more. The truth was setting me free. Within a few months with a self-prescribed medication of heavy lifting, daily CrossFit and continuing to expand my mind - my calf fully healed, the pain went - slowly at first but then completely. The numbness was the last to go but it did go. I could bend forward and touch my toes, I could power clean 90kg. I attacked and I cured myself.

    It came back, six months later (it will retest you). I was preparing to go back to the UK to be the best man at my mate's wedding. My Grandmother was also dying. I was travelling in Myanmar en-route back to the UK and found a gym to work out in. The next day my right calf (bizarre but true) was totally paralysed. Fear set in again but I quickly realised what my mind was up to - protecting me from emotional pain but providing physical pain. I laughed at it and attacked it with exercise - it quickly went away. If it was anything structural, it was impossible that it would get better with heavy lifting.

    I have been pain-free for over a year now, I lift very heavy weights and train CrossFit daily, I put huge stress on my spine and its as strong as an ox. When I was under the illusion of believing it was a structural issue, I could not cough without doubling over in severe pain.

    Throughout this journey I have realised that TMS is a cure and not a curse, it forces you to metamorphose into a higher state of consciousness, to shed an old worn out identity that no longer serves you. It breaks you down so you can be rebuilt.

    I'm so grateful that Doctor Sarno brought this knowledge to the world also Steve Ozanich for his incredible work.

    Thanks for reading and be strong.

    elchessboy, Neil, dea329 and 9 others like this.
  2. Dida8349

    Dida8349 Peer Supporter

    How wonderful, Josh! What a ride! Thank you for sharing. I'd love to know if you have had to do a lot of internal work as well to get where you are. You only mention that you just got active and ignored the pain, but don't say anything about the cause of your pain .. Have you had to soul-search or was it not necessary? Thank you in advance.
  3. ThanksToSarno

    ThanksToSarno Peer Supporter

    I love this. I often use similar metaphors while training like "Lets go OAK" I think of myself as an Oak tree made from powerful wood :p. Keep up that great work and stay strong friend
  4. Pietro Carloni

    Pietro Carloni Peer Supporter

    Thank you very much Josh,
    I'm on the road, but it is a road that allowed me to know myself and my fears more than I would have imagined.
    Good life!
  5. grapefruit

    grapefruit Peer Supporter

    Amazing story! Thank you for sharing. You're right, sometimes our bodies test us at our darkest times. I think a lot of people give up then.
  6. Andy Bayliss

    Andy Bayliss TMS Coach & Beloved Grand Eagle

    Hi joshcm,

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful story. These quotes really jump out at me, because they challenge the "downward spiral" that you were probably in and that so many have found themselves. May we all have the strength and clarity that you have been able to tap into!!

    Andy B

  7. Jimnat7

    Jimnat7 Peer Supporter

    Wow, awesome story. I am going through a similar trial. Thanks.
  8. Duende

    Duende Peer Supporter

    Josh, I had to read your story several times and I continue surprised. oh, what a story!

    One thing caught my attention... Do you have any explanation for the loss of the sense of smell? It's a very uncommon symptom here in TMS. Do you have any explanation about it, why or how did it happen? How developed? And the vibrations, how they felt?
  9. jimmylaw9

    jimmylaw9 Peer Supporter

    what an amazing story so inspiring thanks
  10. MWsunin12

    MWsunin12 Beloved Grand Eagle

    Well written. Powerful. I'm very happy for your success and that you're back to living.
  11. jimmylaw9

    jimmylaw9 Peer Supporter

    I can totally relate to that. I did actually pull my hamstring I was pulling my leg stretches for Karate at the time.
    I had searing nerve pain in my back for three to five weeks then eased to a dull ache in my right butt. Problem is it has never ever gone. Had all the scans and nothing. I’m fully committed to TMS theory, but the dull ache is there every moment and the more I do the achier it gets until it becomes nerve pain then I need to rest it. Your post has reminded me that I should just start gentle running as excercise to see if it will go away.
    Kind of like making it worse might make it better. Tried doing this before but got more pain so stopped so your post has inspired me today to run round the park. Thanks
  12. Drew

    Drew Peer Supporter

    Omg buddy I’m so identical to you. I private messaged u too but I literally did the same after not being able to even walk to forcing myself to walk 10 miles a day and lifting heaven doing all leg workout and then reach to most of the CrossFit excercises I wanted to.. to now back to this weird shit hole with all nerve pain every where. Would love some feedback from you :)

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