My Memoir

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The Invisible Key: Unlocking the Mystery of My Chronic Pain by Maria Socolof, book cover image

THE INVISIBLE KEY: Unlocking the Mystery of My Chronic Pain

Competitive athlete turned scientist discovers the key to healing her chronic pain in this raw and gripping memoir

Published by Fringe Tree Press April, 16, 2020 and available on as paperback and eBook


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What You'll Find Here...

To help your recovery from chronic pain

If you're in chronic pain and your doctor has ruled out underlying diseases or acute injuries, and maybe you've tried everything your doctor has prescribed and are still suffering, I encourage you to review the information on this website. If you’re in the early stages of chronic pain, take advantage of this information before trying expensive and invasive treatments. Wherever you are in your healing journey, my hope is that my words here (and in my upcoming memoir) will provide you with useful information and give you hope.  

On this site you’ll find:

  • my story of healing from years of chronic pain, plus links to stories of others who have healed or are healing in similar ways; 
  • what chronic myofascial pain is;
  • how trauma can be linked to this and other chronic pain conditions; and 
  • the many treatments I've tried or considered trying, and which ones have worked best for me.   

Some people who experience chronic pain may gain immediate relief from just one treatment approach. But everyone is different. What works for some doesn't work for others. And for those of us who fall into the category of “difficult to heal,” relief rarely, if ever, comes from one magic pill or therapy. It usually requires a combination of therapeutic approaches.  

When my doctors couldn't “fix” me, I set out to learn everything I could about my condition and every possible way to get better. The most important things I discovered were that healing involves our inextricably linked body and mind and that we have an amazing ability to heal ourselves. This knowledge led me to the healing approaches that, over time, brought me miraculous relief from pain. I sincerely wish the same for you.  

For full disclosure, I still live with daily pain. But it is far less intense and more manageable than it once was. I am still working on healing and have undying hope that I can eventually attain full freedom from pain.

Why I'm writing about chronic pain

My Goal Is to Help Others

I've lived with chronic myofascial pain since 2005. The first few years were highly debilitating and life-changing. During that time, I tried every traditional treatment my doctors prescribed. Some provided moderate, temporary relief. But they weren't curing me. Only after I learned there was a direct link between my chronic pain and both subconscious muscle tension and hidden emotions did I find what was most helpful to reduce pain that hadn't responded to pills, shots, and traditional physical therapy. 

People often ask me for advice related to my experience with chronic pain. It’s difficult to cover all I’ve learned in a brief conversation, so I decided to create this site—and to write a book (The Invisible Key)—in the hope that I can help support others who are living with chronic pain to achieve greater health and wellness.