I have been suffering with terrible shoulder and scapula pain since I had a reaction to Cipro in April of 2014. My life pretty much stopped that day and is still on hold. I have lost everything, my job, my husband, time, my life. I have tried every treatment you can think of and am constantly looking for the next thing that might be the answer. After reading day 1 of the SEP I am actually quite hopeful, mainly bc as I was reading my pain began to diminish which was a "sign" to me that I finally might be on the right track. I have tried TMS books in the past but they just made me feel overwhelmed and still confused as to how to actually apply the treatment protocol in real life situations. This program did a great job of explaining it in a way that I could understand it so I am naturally more invested now. I am concerned that some of my pain may actually be nerve damage bc Cipro can cause permanent damage to the nerves and this damage doesn't show up on any tests other than a biopsy (and they have no idea which nerve to biopsy bc the pain is in such a broad area.) I would like to know if the SEP can still help at least nip the part of my pain that is being caused by my mind even though I still think a portion of my pain might be from nerve damage? I definitely think my mind is causing a lot of this, maybe all, but I feel as if I have to continue chasing any remedy I can find while doing the SEP to cover the possibility that a percentage of my pain is actually neuropathy bc of the Cipro. Will I be unable to benefit from this program if I am still approaching my pain from a western medicine side as well? My hunch is that I will still be able to benefit, considering my pain level went drastically down just by reading, but I've seen it written many times that in order for the program to work you must believe that %100 of your pain is TMS. While I'm quite sure at least %50 is TMS, I can't fully believe it is all %100 TMS at the present moment because my situation is difficult to prove one way or the other. So, all that being said, can the SEP work for me in spite of where I'm at w the pain origins? I'm just not sold that it's black and white. I feel like it is an honest mixture.