Hi Sensei, I wanted to write to share my story, which is very much like yours. I was diagnosed with 2 herniated discs at L4/L5 and L5/S1 when I was 22. I am now 34. I went to the doctor complaining of widespread lower back pain and sciatica, although sometimes the pain was also in the middle back. Well, here began my journey.
I was put through the mill, enduring all types of treatments, from physical therapy to injections to chiropractic, massage, water therapy, tons of drugs and 4 minimally invasive surgical procedures. No matter what the doctors did, nothing helped.
My pain got worse and worse year by year. Meanwhile, I learned more about my diagnosis, and realized that my pain symptoms did not really correspond to the herniated discs. I mean, some symptoms matched, but many did not. It made no sense to me and none of the doctors had an answer which contained even a tiny bit of logic. I heard all the usual BS about muscle imbalances and so on.
Well, after all the poking and prodding for years, I got fed up and called it all off. My pain did not get any better or any worse without care. It just sort of lingered and continued to change regularly.
I finally caught up to speed on psychosomatic mind body medicine when I met someone who had been treated by Dr. Sarno successfully. Well, this was the beginning of the end for my pain. I eventually found your site and read your book. I also read all the material you suggested from the doctors and found myself on every page.
It only took a few weeks to become completely pain free after all those years of suffering. It was a miracle indeed. You might not be a doctor, but you healed me in ways the professionals never could.
I am always thankful for the chance meeting with that Sarno patient and the road it put me on. I tell everyone about your site and your successes. Thank you so much and I wish you continuing good health and happiness.
Most sincerely, William