My success with Dr Sarno's approach

Sandra Mateus, Lisbon -

Posted 2013-06-09

I started to feel pain in my coccyx in June 2012. First coming and going, then permanently. I was (and still am) writing my PhD thesis, so I spent many hours sitting at the computer, and this came to be a major problem. I felt much pain, so many problems for working, for sleeping, for moving.

Between August and December 2012, while consulting this forum frequently, I tried all kind of cushions, osteopathy (no result), acupuncture (some brief relief), chiropractic (first some relief, then the pain got worse) and finally a orthopedic doctor who made me do a MRI that showed nothing, and who (fortunately) said that he was going to do nothing invasive in this area, because is an area super sensitive to infections. Briefly, he offered no solution. I left the office in desperation.

Coming here in the same day, looking for whatever solutions available in Lisbon, where I live, I found some references about Dr. Sarno's books, and I felt I had nothing to lose. I read two books, and started the free program online made from volunteers at the TMS Recovery Program.

In one month (from December to January), I was working with no cushion, moving again, and 60% pain free. In two months, I was almost pain free. In the last three months, I honestly forgot about the existence of my coccyx. Rarely, I feel some pain, and I know that is time to stop and think about what is happening to me at that time. The pain no longer frightens me, or controls my life, and that's wonderful. So, Sarno's approach really worked out for me. I truly want to thank you for your work and this wonderful help that I felt and got by

Note from Jon Miles:

I emailed more than a year after this story was posted, to ask for an update, as the long-term outcome of treatment is of great interest. In this case I did not get a reply.

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