My Pelvic Pain Success Story I am a 25 year old female, and back in February 2018, I had a relapse of pelvic pain that hadn’t surfaced in YEARS. To put it mildly, I was beyond devastated. The pain came on so suddenly, and intensely, that I was a complete mess. I had had loads of doctor’s visits when the pain had first begun ten years earlier—and no doctor could ever understand what was causing the pain (the first sign that it was TMS, I was simply too young to understand at the time). I’ll spare you all the doc visit details for the sake of time but it all came down to this: not one of the DOZENS of medical professionals I saw (including a world-famous specialist gyno) understood why I had such intense pelvic pain. Back to the present. Since I had been totally pain free for at least five/six years, having it come up again at such a crucial time in my life (graduating college, major life changes etc.) was shocking. But there was something just TOO coincidental to the pain happening right now in my life. I had a ton of stress I was repressing, my body (specifically my pelvic muscles) were constantly tensed. Along with this, I had recently come out of an emotionally abusive relationship that lasted nearly 2 years. I discovered Dr. Sarno’s work—and then it clicked. That’s why no doctor could ever figure out my pain. I then began to saturate myself in TMS literature, especially how to eliminate pelvic pain permanently, and how closely related our physiology is linked to our psyche—especially our subconscious. The more and more I read, the more and more I believed my pain was emotional in nature. There were inconsistencies with the pain—it would be horrible and then suddenly drop to almost nothing when I was happy or excited about something. I began to trust my gut, which was saying “Keep going! You can beat this pain with logic.” And that’s what I started to do. What kind of real illness comes and goes based on your emotional state? Right before the pain began in February, I had been increasingly fearful of it coming back. I would have nightmares where I had the pain, but when I woke up it would fizzle away. And then, right at my peak of worrying about it, the pain starts up again? No coincidence. Now, 8 months or so after the pain came back, I am happy to say I am almost completely back to being pain free. I’m not at 100%, but I am getting close! I am elated. The mysterious pain that I feared has now been answered—constantly clenched pelvic muscles from unresolved emotions and stress bottled up for YEARS. It is a such an amazing feeling to conquer the pain, and to not fear it. I now wear jeans comfortably (which for any woman with pelvic pain/vulvodynia, this is a big deal!) This wiki is an amazing community, and it helped me during my darkest days. Aside from Dr. Sarno’s books, I want to recommend some real gems that will seriously help you on your journey to being pain free. The Great Pain Deception - Steve Ozanich // This book is full of incredibly helpful emotional tools to help you beat your pain—any kind of pain. Steve goes in depth into his own healing journey from being in constant pain for years to now being totally pain free. Full of helpful advice about the TMS personality, and how to address those traits. Mind Over Medicine - Dr. Lissa Rankin // Amazingly insightful book about how the brain was literally designed to heal us. Dr. Rankin delves into research the placebo effect, and how so many people have become pain free simply from belief. I noticed a significant drop in my pain when I began to read this. For those specifically with pelvic pain, I highly recommend searching the stories of Abigail Steidley and Lorraine Faendrich. These women conquered their pelvic pain through Sarno’s insights and their stories kept me going. I hope that this has been helpful to anyone reading it. This experience, while excruciatingly hard at times, has given me so many valuable tools that I will use for the rest of my life. I want to help others with pain—please do not HESITATE to message me with any questions, I am here to help you! You can conquer your pain, and in doing so learn things about yourself you never even knew existed.