| I've posted recently vis a vis walking issues that turned out to be totally stress-related, in other words, classic TMS. This time, after 14 long years of pain, the TMS went too far. I went nuclear with my response and did several things that have helped me finally achieve a 30-40% reduction in pain, and maybe more importantly, a reduction of the fear.
What helped: Fred Amir's book and program. I owned the book for many years but never really followed the program. The results have been amazing. I visualized walking, getting better, doing all the things I was afraid of doing.
I've also ratcheted up my exercise routine with cycling, Nordic walking and swimming, full out with no regard for the pain, 5-6 days a week plus daily Qigong and most importantly, strecthing. Just being active has been the key I think. Much less fear.
I know that releasing buried emotions can be an important part of getting better. Up until now, no amount of journaling or focusing on my Sarno list of what might be bothering me subconsciously has ever helped. Don't know why.
I've tried releasing buried emotions since April by lying on the floor and focusing on the pain in a particular part of my body. Had some intense shaking, really intense, but no pain relief.
I have pain and stiffness around my hips which I know is 100% TMS. I have trouble bending and squatting and my back is always tight. Last night, I took the squats I do to a new level (squat with arms out and back straight) and went down more and held longer. About an hour later, I was overcome with intense fatigue and had to sit on the couch and doze on and off for an hour. I remember one of my TMS therapists telling me this is a sign the "beaver dam" of emotions is breaking up, something that must occur before I can get better. Today, I have noticeable improvement all the way around.
All this make sense to me, as I'm convinced the pain and stiffness is simply the manifestation of the buried emotions in my body. I've taken yoga recently and have had the same type of release, albeit on a much smaller scale.
I wanted to share this with everyone. I have much more work to do but I'm sure I'm on the way to healing.