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Shoulder and knee pain finally gone

Discussion in 'Success Stories Subforum' started by Enrique, Jul 5, 2015.

  1. Enrique

    Enrique Well known member

    Hello Everyone,

    I finally got over my knee and shoulder pain. I tried doing it alone like I did many times before. And when I say alone, I mean without the help of a TMS doctor or a TMS therpist. Most of my previous TMS cures have come from reading books, conversing here on the forum, and doing the self-work that is found in books.

    This time I needed to look for additional help which was from a TMS doc and a therapist. It took a long time for me to take the action to get that help. I think part of it was ego and part of it was the cost. In the end, the advice and support from some on this forum and my wife convinced me that it was the right next move. I'm very glad that I took the advice.

    First, I got with one of the Pain Psychology Center's therapists and after a session or two flew down to LA to see Dr Schechter. After seeing him, he was sure my knee pain was TMS but not sure about the shoulder so he advised getting an MRI to rule out a labral tear. It took about a month for me to get that MRI done and when I got it back the results were that no labral tear was there. SO, with doubt gone about any physical abnormality in my shoulder I kept working with the therapist. I met every 2 weeks and we talked about my life and the stressors. She gave me strategies and pointed out blind spots where my thinking patterns were causing TMS to stick. Gradually over about a month or two the pain subsided in both my knee and shoulder. All the while I kept training for a half ironman which I'm signed up for in September.

    In the last 3 weeks or so, the pain got to a zero level. I have done two olympic distance triathlons in the last month and ran a 5K race. All with no pain.

    I'm not totally out of the woods yet though because the symptom imperative took effect on me and pain moved into my low back really bad back in April the night before a race. However, with knowledge from previous TMS recoveries that there's nothing wrong with my back and with help from the therapist, the pain has been subsiding and today it's there, but at a very low level. I feel it is just a short time before it is completely gone.

    I guess the moral of my story is that I needed outside help. I had to get solid advice from a doctor who understands TMS and I had humble myself and be willing to be vulnerable to another person (my therapist). I couldn't heal without those things.

  2. Kathleen

    Kathleen New Member

    Hi Enrique! Thank you for your great story, I'm so happy that you have recovered and all your efforts paid off.
    I Wanted To Know How to Get A Hold Of Dr Scheckter that you saw in LA? There is no sign of a tms therapist where I live.
  3. Forest

    Forest Beloved Grand Eagle

    Thanks Enrique for posting your experience. It is so important to hear the recovery stories. Good for you for taking that next step!
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  4. Ellen

    Ellen Beloved Grand Eagle

    Congratulations on your success, Enrique! Your story is very inspiring. So glad to hear your hard work has paid off.
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  5. blake

    blake Well known member

    Hello Enrique,
    I'm thrilled for you. Congratulations and thank you for sharing your story.

    I'm glad you mentioned about getting help. I was exactly the same: I resisted getting help for 8 months. Although I made great progress on my own, there were still so many things I couldn't see about myself. When I finally started phone consultations with a tms coach, it was a godsend. Takes courage, but it's well worth the effort.

    All the best to you!
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  6. Enrique

    Enrique Well known member

    Kathleen, I contacted Dr Schechter by calling his office. Here's his website http://www.schechtermd.com
    I set up an appointment and flew down to see him. I couldn't use my health insurance because I use an HMO, but the cost of a TMS consult is not really that much actually. He charges $375 I believe. I was able to get the MRI through my own HMO though, so that was great.

    While I was there I also took the opportunity to see my TMS Therapist in person because she is in LA also. I normally only do Skype sessions with her. So I met her once in person and have had many sessions via Skype.

  7. Boston Redsox

    Boston Redsox Well Known Member

    Who was the therapist that you are seeing via skype
  8. Enrique

    Enrique Well known member

    Her name is Samantha Bothast.
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  9. Boston Redsox

    Boston Redsox Well Known Member

    Thx in was also seeing one on Skype her name was Amber
  10. Kathleen

    Kathleen New Member

    Is your tums therapist working for you...worth the cost?
  11. Kathleen

    Kathleen New Member

    Also, is working with your therapist worth the cost I've spent so much money on doctors I just want to make sure that my money is well spent.
  12. Boston Redsox

    Boston Redsox Well Known Member

    I switch to regular Therpist after a few sessions nothing different then my regular therpist
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  13. Enrique

    Enrique Well known member

    It's helping me. I've never been to any therapist before so I can't compare TMS vs Non-TMS. That being said, I believe she's helping me see things that I'm not aware of.
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  14. JoeB1

    JoeB1 Peer Supporter

    Congrats Enrique!

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