The doctor told me that I would have to live with the pain all my life.
He was wrong.
I was already experiencing 8 years of chronic pain. I tried everything I could think of; GPs, osteopath, physiotherapy, x-rays. However, nothing helped. It all seemed hit and miss. Nothing would get to the core. When I went to the highly-recommended osteopath and his treatment still didn’t help me, I was mortified. So many people benefited from his expertise, but not me. No, I was the difficult one.
By now, although my back pain had started as a result of lifting a heavy PC unit, I was finding I could do less and less. Rather than “don’t sit on soft chairs”, “bend with your knees and keep your back straight”, “don’t do breast crawl when swimming”, “don’t twist”, “don’t lift heavy things”, making me better, I found I was just getting worse. Over the years, I could do less, not more and the pain was ever more omnipresent. In fact, I couldn’t even pinpoint it; some days it was gone and others I could hardly do anything without getting pain.
In 2002, having exhausted all else, I went to see the GP again. This time it was a young locum. He looked at me and told me, “You know we won’t be able to help you. You will just have to manage your pain”. I was only in my early thirties and could look forward to life of limited mobility. All from something I did 8 years ago. No one had said it to me like that before. It all seemed so stark. I felt alone and strange. No one I knew had back pain like I did, especially at my age and for so long. I felt old and saw myself as being overweight, moody and depressed as I lived my life, going into old age. I would be the difficult one. “Oh sorry, I can’t do that as I have back pain”.
It all changed.
I remember being drawn to a book on Amazon where it said that it was all in the mind. It had rave reviews. Well I thought that I had nothing to lose. The thing that sold it for me was when I realized that my pain would go when I went away on holiday, not just from work, but going out of the house. That’s when I realized it could well be in my mind, even though it certainly didn’t feel like it. It felt real – I would have been angry if someone told me straight out that it was all in my mind.
I bought and read the book. Within three weeks my back pain was 90% gone. With a bit more effort and another four weeks, it was totally gone. Incredibly, the principles apply even if you have a “serious back issue”, like spondylolysis, herniated disc, scoliosis, degenerative disc disease and thousands of people have been helped with this miracle cure. I was hesitant to call it that, but it’s got to be, when it truly gets rid of the root of pain in such a short time, rarely to be experienced again.
About me: Avnita Suri is a Lifestyle Prescriptions Health Coach. She runs a chronic illness online course, Elixir Of Health. She also does one to one META-Health sessions.
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