Back Pain Success Stories #1 – Tried Everything and Desperate
Back pain for months, or even years. You just want the pain to stop – to live a normal life.
Therapies and treatments haven’t solved the problem.
You don’t know what to do for the best. So you just keep doing what you know.
It’s not uncommon for back pain to take over someone’s life like this.
Some people, however, find a way to regain control.
Gary Chellberg is a family man. In A Life Pain Free: My Story, he describes how 15 years of back pain rendered him unable to do anything other than suffer through his working day.
At home he would lie out flat, trying to ease the pain and recover sufficiently to go through it all again the next day.
The normal family life that he wanted was beyond him.
In desperation, having exhausted all the treatment options and surviving on Ibuprofen, he tried Egoscue postural alignment exercises.
Gary disciplined himself to train every day. The results were life-changing:
“Now, after 2 years (of training) I am totally pain free. I am doing activities I have not done for more than 15 years: home repairs, riding a bike, playing ball with my kids”
Maybe a similar program could help you. Alternatively, you may find another path to getting a healthy back that suits you better.
Either way, the key takeaway from Gary’s success story is the change of mindset that enabled him to overcome his own problem.
Hitting rock bottom, he was ready to try a whole new approach.
Are You Going About It The Wrong Way?
Most of us have been brought up with a kind of binary view of our health.
Sick or well.
Aches and pains are accepted as part of everyday life. But, if a problem is too severe, or has gone on for too long, we get medical help.
As a professional your doctor is expected to diagnose the fault and fix it.
So far, so reasonable. It’s the frame of reference we’ve learned and it works.
Except when it doesn’t.
Bad backs don’t tend to respond well to this approach.
Your GP can’t find anything wrong. When the problem persists (s)he refers you to a physiotherapist or orthopaedic specialist.
More time passes and you’re still in pain. Getting desperate, you might try alternative therapies but nothing hits the spot.
Now you’ve had back pain for months or even years, you’ve tried everything and there’s still no real progress.
Suffering excruciating spasms of back pain, Julianna Raye sought medical help.
In How I Healed My Chronic Back Pain (Naturally!), she describes years of ineffective treatments.
“I tried everything: chiropractic, acupuncture, regular cortisone injections, epidural cortisone injections, physical therapy … you name it”
Her life became more and more limited:
“Eventually, when I could no longer sit for more than five minutes at a time, I got desperate”
Be Open To New Ideas
It was this very desperation that forced Julianna to really open her mind. To take stock of all the options and find her better way.
She explored a possibility she had long resisted. That the source of her pain was a reaction to stress and anxiety. That a remarkable psychological process, TMS, was actually causing this very real, very physical back pain.
Like most people, when she first heard this idea she had rejected it. Surely there must be some physical defect causing all this pain!
By now, though, the only conventional treatment option left was surgery, with a far from certain outcome.
So. Julianna tried a program, developed by Dr. John Sarno, designed to stop this unconscious process. Taking this path, she enjoyed a recovery she describes as “miraculous”.
Everyone’s different. We each have a unique genetic inheritance and history. Although suffering back pain for months, or longer, is a common problem, there are many and varied approaches to recovery.
Not all ways are right for all people. The trick is to find the way that’s right for you.
“Effectiveness Is The Measure Of Truth”
–Mastering Your HIdden Self by Serge Kahili King
The Secret to a Healthy Back
Chronic back pain is a big problem for many people. What to do if you’ve had back pain for months or even years?
Those who make real progress, like Gary and Julianna, start to think a little differently.
Health isn’t the same thing as just not being sick.
It really is a continuum.
Our habits of posture, movement, thinking and feeling have a direct effect on our well-being.
This goes double for backs as they are so susceptible to tension and stress, in all senses of those words.
So, instead of hoping someone else will fix us, we can improve the habitual behaviours that have developed unconsciously throughout our lives.
Work on what is sometimes called the more skilful use of the self.
In this way we can move ourselves along the scale towards a healthy back, so the pain is diminished or even eliminated.
Back Pain for Months – It’s Time for a Fresh Start
As with any health concern, your first stept should be to consult your doctor. Check for any serious medical condition.
But, for many, medical treatment just doesn’t provide the solution they need. Back pain is notoriously difficult to treat in a conventional way.
Often this can mean doing the rounds of ineffective treatments and therapies; suffering back pain for months or even years.
To really move forward, you have let go of any pre-conceptions.
This doesn’t mean abandon common sense.
It means that you should seriously consider the possibility that what works for other people, may just work for you.
That you too could find a better way; a way from the misery of chronic back pain to a better life.
Leaving your comfort zone doesn’t seem to be such a high price to pay when there is so much to gain.