I went to see my pain management doctor yesterday and had a conversation with her about the connection between the mind and pain. I just want to preface this post by saying I am not advocating anything in particular, since I am still trying the method that Dr. John Sarno introduced decades ago. I stayed away from his books because I was not open to his concepts then. When my pain was no longer explainable, I decided to open my mind to solutions that are not logical. Hence, I discovered Dr. Sarno's books and the ideas behind his controversial theory.
During my meeting with my pain management doctor, I was skeptical to share my interest in how the psyche plays a role in pain. She not only agreed with me, but said that 90% of her pain patients benefit from psychotherapy. When I mentioned Dr. Sarno, she said that he is brilliant! She referred me to a psychologist and I already scheduled to meet with her next week.
The reason I am writing about this is to open others to the possibility that chronic pain isn't always due to anatomical/structural damage. Obviously, not everyone on the is forum falls into this category. A friend of mine, who is an alternative medicine healer, gave me a session using EFT (emotional freedom techniques). It has helped me through this most painful period of acute pain by confronting many emotional problems from my past. I ask that you give this a try if you are in chronic pain.
I have been in chronic pain for 3 years now and I have not been on any narcotics and have only used valium when needed. Again, I am just reaching out to those who have lost all other options and willing to see how the mind can possibly heal. In my opinion, anything is worth trying if it's non-invasive. I do hope I have been able to reach out to some of you. Stay positive and be good to yourself.
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