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This book changed my life
on 16 February 2014
This is rather long for a book review, but I make no apologies as I want everyone to understand how important it is for us all to open our minds to the truth about chronic pain.
I started having migraines after a prolonged period of extreme stress . They increased from about one per month to 2-3 per week over about a 3 year period. At this stage I sought medical help, but was overmedicated by a neurologist and suffered a lot of side effects, which scared the life out of me, so making my health way worse. I ended up in a real mess not knowing what was "me" and what were genuine side effects. Over a period of three years I was on Neurontin, Lyrica, Topomax, Zonegran, Verapamil, Carbemazapine, Valium, Xyprexa, Prednisone, Morphine, Coedeine and some others I can't now recall and I was just getting worse and worse.
I still had migraines, but I also had a permanent headache, vision and hearing problems, insomnia, severe nerve, joint and muscle pain, bladder control problems and anxiety. Every nerve in my body felt like it was buzzing and burning, I felt like I had the flu and I was utterly exhausted. It was a living hell, I was severely depressed, I suffered depersonalization and derealization too at my lowest points. I had a lot of time off work, but somehow managed to keep my job. I was permanently terrified of losing my husband, job, home and sanity. I thought I would never be well again. My "official" diagnosis was chronic migraine, fibromyalgia and medication side effect with withdrawal syndrome.
I tried all sorts of complimentary therapies, chiropractic, osteopathy, acupuncture, reiki, massage therapy, trigger point treatment, Trager, the Alexander technique and the low amine diet. I wasted a small fortune.
I was also given a Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation device, to zap my head with to supposedly cure my migraine (it didn't). Anyway I was researching the device on the internet, and typed in TMS ! I found Dr.Sarno's "The Mindbody Prescription" and boy did I have a eureka moment. I decided then and there I was having my life back.
It took me a year to get off all my medication, that's now 20 months ago. It was a very bumpy ride, but I was slowly improving all the time. The medication had been severely effecting my cognitive function, and that was the first thing I welcomed back.
When I stumbled on Dr.Sarno I recognised myself immediately, and tried to apply the principles, but I needed more guidance, so I got hold of a copy of "The Great Pain Deception". That was the real turning point for me, I devoured every word, and really understood what healing from Mindbody Syndrome is all about.
My health is improving all the time, I have my life back now from being practically housebound.
People say "I'm worried sick" or "Stop worrying, you'll make yourself ill", but their egos resist what is truly required to heal. We need to open our eyes to the truth and this book is a great place start.