Your unconscious rage might be causing your pain

This is the premise of Dr. Sarno. He believes there is a response that happens in our bodies to both conscious and unconscious emotion. It is a response that affects nerves and muscles and causes very real pain.

First, be sure if you are having pain that you get it checked out. I am not a doctor and certainly anything that hurts should be looked into. But maybe then read Dr. Sarno. Even if you are told you have stenosis or a bum disc. Maybe especially if you are told that. RSD, back pain, arthritis, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow… what if all you needed to feel better was to read a book? I have seen a difference in myself.

The following is from the blog linked below written by a man who was actually a patient of Dr. Sarno.

“Like many of the traders on Wall Street, I was at the time suffering from inexplicable severe lower-back pain. The doctors and chiropractors I had seen had provided me with all sorts of implausible explanations for my pain—years of jogging, or my swiveling high-back executive desk chair, or how I cradled the telephone was to blame…Sarno’s message was that in the overwhelming majority of cases, back pain was a symptom created by the unconscious mind as a distraction to aid in the repression of strong unconscious emotional issues. The hopeful message I took from his book was that there was nothing structurally wrong with my back and that I should resume normal activity as soon as possible….Two years later I developed intense shoulder pain. Within a matter of days, my shoulder went from being sore to being unable to move…Sarno was intrigued by the sudden appearance of my intense shoulder pain and talked to me about the “ping-pong” effect he had noticed in some of his patients. That is, once one symptom disappeared, another emerges as a distraction. Call it symptom substitution or moving symptoms or “the symptom imperative.” He examined my shoulder carefully and concluded that there was no structural injury that was causing my pain, no need for surgery. Within days, the pain disappeared—more than 15 years ago…Sarno believes that most people are incapable of accepting the notion that the cause of their pain is not a structural abnormality or an injury, rather their unconscious minds at work. Radical, costly and ineffectual procedures recommended by the medical establishment, such as fusing of the vertebrae of the spine, are, remarkably, preferred by the majority of patients over an approach that requires the patient to examine his unconscious rage.”

http://www.forbes.com/sites/edwardsiedle/2012/09/26/americans-best-doctor-and-his-miracle-cures-dr-john-e-sarno/

Managing Anxiety

Does anyone else turn on the news lately and feel we are IN an episode of 24?? Good grief. I may need to stay away from the news for a while. Something tells me we all might have some extra anxiety these days.

Here are some good tips for managing anxiety. I am big on numbers 5 and 8. Actually number five is the background to this blog. I had almost exactly that picture in my head for a few years as I went through some rough times physically.

And then I got there. It was amazing to arrive at a scene so prominent in my mind and really just in my ability to keep hoping. For years. I took that picture and sat with a latte in total disbelief and joy to be in my happy place. Literally. For years that was my spot before I ever knew where it was. That morning, it was still early and the sun had just come up on Waikiki Beach so not too many people were out. It was pure peace. There’s a reason I keep it up on my blog. There’s something already peaceful about that picture but it definitely has extra meaning for me.

The article below goes into detail on each way but here are the 9:

1. Take a deep breath.
2. Accept that you’re anxious.
3. Realize that your brain is playing tricks on you.
4. Question your thoughts.
5. Use a calming visualization.
6. Be an observer — without judgment.
7. Use positive self-talk.
8. Focus on right now.
9. Focus on meaningful activities.

http://psychcentral.com/lib/9-ways-to-reduce-anxiety-right-here-right-now/00017762

Hmmm

Day of full body massage: awesome

Night of full body massage: ut oh.

Next day after fully body massage: Sh*t.

I can’t WAIT to see Dr Lee today for some moving cupping to stop these spasms! Tried epsom bath last night and even added cucumber to the water for the extra magnesium. No dice.

Dr. Lee held out on me until recently with this where he puts some oil on my skin and lightly moves the glass bulb for cupping along my skin. Best feeling ever and knocks out the crazy spasms in minutes.

Not going to cancel my next massage because i want to see if i can desensitize the nerves this way. Massage then cupping if the spasms hit.

Putting the fire out

A few things have helped me when the burning pain got to be too much: a shot of Toradol or a few days of diluted raw apple cider vinegar have shown the quickest change.  I think the ACV has actually worked better and i’ve felt close to remission this way. It just tastes like garbage and you really can’t drink it in those amounts for very long without making yourself sick (you can change the PH too much in your body).  Anyone have any other secrets for this pain?

I think this rainy weather or my detox has me thinking ACV today. I would do something cooling but my acupuncturist says I am cold in the inside (i know, dead on after the last post) and that the heat is in my skin (where the small nerves are). So doing anything too cooling can backfire on me on a cool day. I’m already treating the mechanism (the inflammatory response) with fish oil, turmeric, magnesium etc. but i feel it’s time to treat the symptom when i start feeling like this.