Back pain prohibitions were the story of my life for 18 long years. My back pain was so severe that it contributed to all my decisions in life. Everything I did was influenced by my chronic and acute symptoms. I found myself crossing more and more things off my list, as far as things I could do without exacerbating my pain. Back pain was prohibiting me from living a full life.
I found myself making many decisions, both big and small, based on the question: Is this going to hurt my back?
I understand how much back pain affects your life. You must realize that breaking the conditioning cycle is crucial to overcoming your torture. I try to keep this in mind all the time, as my own symptoms have limited me from living life to the fullest.
When I first experienced back ache at age 16, I had no idea that my life was about to change drastically. My pain came on suddenly and without any reason that I can attribute it to. I was a super healthy and active teenager. I never did anything to injure my back. Regardless, the pain came and I suffered with it for 3 weeks before saying a word. Finally I spoke up and went to see a doctor. This was the beginning of the end for my happiness.
After being originally diagnosed with scoliosis and muscle imbalances, I started on the path to correct my poor damaged spine. Little did I know that the more I tried to fix it, the more damage I actually did. The actual treatments were a huge contributor to the perpetuation of my personal pain. Too bad I did not know this at the time of my initial suffering.
I treated with a variety of doctors, chiropractors, and therapists. My diagnosis changed several times as I progressed through literally years of medical and alternative therapies. I was diagnosed with a herniated disc, then 2. One of the discs eventually ruptured and I was told I had severe degenerative disc disease.
Doctors continued to diagnose suspected pain-causing conditions and performed complex and expensive diagnostic tests. A range of back pain treatments did nothing to correct the problematic conditions, or even eliminate the pain. Actually my pain became worse and worse and my ability to cover the huge financial expenses without adequate insurance really added stress on top of the misery.
I tried everything to end my pain, yet it became steadily worse. It grew to the point of almost controlling my entire life. I have always been a fighter but started to resign myself to a life filled with pain and progressive disability. I was close to being a beaten man. Once all hope is lost, there is no fear of consequences.
I started to rethink my pain and why it never went away for very long. I researched all my diagnoses and started to find some alternate viewpoints to explain my chronic suffering. In the past, I never listened to these alternate ideas, since who was I to question a doctor? I was just a normal guy in tremendous pain. Well, that all changed quickly. At this point I had nothing to lose, so I tried to see the objectivity of the alternative theories on pain. One of these was Dr. Sarno’s TMS diagnosis. Well, after consuming all the knowledge I could find about back pain, I became a much more educated patient. Along the way, I cured my pain.
After using knowledge therapy to relieve my own pain, I continued to learn and question the traditional medical approach to all aspects of health. Nothing was sacred and I found most of what I had learned earlier in life was simply not true when it came to health, disease, and injury. I vowed to help others by sharing all this knowledge, as others have helped me.
The results of this mission are my books, this website and eventually, the entire Cure Back Pain Network Organization. I hope that I can be of some assistance to you in discovering the true cause of your pain so that you can realize a real cure.