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Please listen to the above link! I really believe in this mind over your body therapy! In the beginning of my journey, being inoperable, I started out by exercising like mad to strengthen to lower back with cardio and eliminated my belly, then I pushed even more with core work, and I lost a ton of weight. In fact, I lost way too much weight. I am trying to gain back a few pounds with more strength training, and muscle-building. I do feel somewhat better, and I am definitely stronger than I have ever been. Did the pain magically go away? No. Did I hurt myself in the process? Yes, many times. What was my next step? I thought I must be doing some of the exercises wrong, so maybe I need a refresher course in physical therapy? Probably, however with my issue, my pain is very real, I do have episodes of acute pain, and chronic pain. We can all review the MRI or read up on herniated disc’s or degenerative disc disease. All true in my case.
I had not heard of this therapy or read Dr. Schechter’s book. I had however made up my mind that I was going to beat it. Somehow, someway, I was going to beat it! I started seeing an excellent Neurologist, coupled with an amazing Ph.D. I began weekly therapy. SLOWLY, I am able to use the mind/body therapy. I was not aware until I heard this podcast that this is what I was actually doing. My process has taken over a year of self discovery and knowing I could reach my full potential. Do I always succeed? No. I am always re-inventing new ways to distract myself from the pain. This Doctor talks about journalism, I am writing a book! This Doctor talks about hobbies, I now have them! Getting healthy does not happen overnight. You will go back and forth for the first year, potentially longer if you are totally changing your mind and dealing with a painful past that will physically hurt! My therapies are very limited due to the blood disease. No Advil or anti-inflammatories for me, no acupuncture for me, no creams that contain certain ingredients for me, and even with my healthy changes there are still going to be situations that are really rough for me. Long plane trips, long car rides, long sessions of sitting, and long nights of writing or lack of sleep. I try to stay away from these things as much as I possibly can, when I do have to do these things without question I will pop the pill. However, it is not the norm as it used to be in the past.
Listen to this Doctor and his mind over body therapy! It definitely works when you are able to use it along with a healthy lifestyle, diet, exercise, and journalism. I do not believe in suffering when it becomes extremely acute, but I do believe it can happen with everyday life. I also believe if you are dealing with your emotions and have a good connected physician team you can feel a lot better! Just try it! You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Trust me, I have tried every shortcut there is, sometimes you just have to do the work. 🙂
aka….Mask of the Doctor’s Wife!