Treating Chronic Pain

Great article on mind/body disorders and Dr. Sarno.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/colleen-perry/treating-chronic-pain—t_b_265351.html

“Psychosomatic does NOT mean that “it’s all in your head” or that you are making it up. That is a common misconception among the medical community and lay people alike. What psychosomatic does mean is a mind-body connection, specifically that there are disorders that appear to be purely physical (i.e. back pain), but which have their origin in unconscious emotions. In other words, how we feel emotionally affects how we feel physically. Unfortunately, doctors aren’t trained to recognize this in medical school as true, and are therefore not trained in how to treat it.”

“Here are some of the conditions that are often mistakenly treated with drugs and surgery only: back pain, neck pain, heartburn, acid reflux, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcers and stomach pains, eczema, migraine headaches, fibromyalgia, insomnia, carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic fatigue, TMJ, repetitive stress injury, shoulder pain, chest pain, pelvic pain, and depression.”

I find this to be a good reason to stay off the message boards and such with all the people talking about how bad they have it and describing their pain. It’s too much emotionally and I definitely feel it physically.

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