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My Experience with Various Treatments:
After more than two years of trying various treatments while still suffering in great pain, I finally found some lasting relief. It did not, however, come in the form of one simple pill. After the first nine months, I gained some modest relief from trigger point (TrP) injections. But the pain continued for another year and a half before I finally found the three key missing pieces that have helped me the most so far:
Knowledge that my body has the ability to heal itself (which I discovered through much reading and some amazing physical therapists)
Acceptance and understanding that my body is not independent of my mind and that the two must work together to create a healthy individual
Realization that facing emotions and past traumas can significantly reduce pain.
Ultimately, a combination of several treatments has helped me in my quest to live without debilitating or limiting pain. In the list provided on this page, I include various modalities that I have come across in my ten-plus years of healing my trauma- and emotion-fed chronic physical pain.
Click on each link for a brief description of what I've tried and which modalities have or haven't worked for me.
I haven't tried some of the treatments listed mostly because of cost. But it is also because I've gained considerable improvement through mind-body—based JFB-MFR therapy and because I understand that I have to address my traumas and emotions before I can continue to heal.
In sum, I have found that paying attention to the needs of my mind and body can lead to relief from pain. This approach has worked not only for me but also for many others. (See books by Sarno, Ozanich, Barnes, Tavolacci, Velicki, and Brady listed in the mind-body and the personal stories sections within the Resources page).
A note on the placebo effect: The effectiveness of the treatments that reduce or eliminate pain may indeed be the placebo effect in play. In my opinion, this inherently effective phenomenon is in many cases a good thing, especially if the treatment is non-invasive and inexpensive.
The book Mind Over Medicine by Dr. Lissa Rankin is a useful resource that looks at the placebo effect in greater detail.