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Day 1 Journey started

Discussion in 'Structured Educational Program' started by Hamlet, May 28, 2023.

  1. Hamlet

    Hamlet Newcomer

    Hi everyone, so I started yesterday, so this is in fact day 2, with my journey to take control of my life again and getting rid of my pain. About a year ago my back went out after I coughed and that was it, or so I thought. The doctor told me I had a pinched nerve in my SI joint (which I had never heard of at that point). The first week I couldn’t do a thing as my back went into a spasm even when moving a finger. But gradually I started to get out of bed. The doctor had advised me to start doing bridge exercises and so I did. From dr. Google I found a lot of other exercises appropriate for my SI joint. And I walked, many miles, indoors, to get myself going. I think I’ve never been more fit in my life but the pain didn’t subside.
    Last week I finally went to see an orthopedic surgeon to have my spine checked and there’s nothing wrong. He did mention I have some normal abnormalities but those are age related and nothing to worry about. The pain could come from hyperlordosis and I should do more core exercises. But, with this diagnosis to me it was clear as day that it is TMS I’m having.
    To make a long story short, I bought dr. Sarno’s book, Healing Back Pain; I’m listening to the podcast Tell me about your pain and I started journal speak. I have to add I have Asperger’s and it’s very hard for me to let go of obsessive thoughts and actions, but well, maybe that gives an extra dimension to my journey :)
  2. JanAtheCPA

    JanAtheCPA Beloved Grand Eagle

    Hi Hamlet, and welcome to the forum and the SEP! And many thanks for posting this:
    This is terrific to hear - it sounds like the news about poor back surgery outcomes is becoming more well-known. The next step, of course, is for more orthos to openly recommend mindbody work as part of the recommended treatment.

    David Hanscom, MD is a former back surgeon who developed his program "Back In Control" (inspired by Dr. Sarno, I believe) for his pre-op back surgery patients. At the point where he was getting, I think, about a 40% rate of cancelled surgeries, he quit his profession at a highly-regarded Seattle hospital to devote himself to mindbody healing. Home - Back in Control

    In fact, today's newsletter from Dr. Hanscom highlights this blog post: David Hanscom’s Mission and Resources - Back in Control

    All the best, and keep us posted!


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