Thanks to Dr Sarno, I continue to live with my back pain-free, symptom-free, restriction-free, posture-unrestricted, medication-free, gadget-free. To stay healthy I try to eat healthily, follow the orthomolecular guidelines for supplementation, see my MaxLiving chiropractor on a regular schedule, and exercise for an hour every other morning with an ‘outdoor all-weather sunrise exercise group’.
I continue to tell my story of being freed from back pain to anyone who might benefit. I always ask them the question that really got my attention about the likelihood of my condition being TMS: is your pain the worst in the wee hours of the morning? If so, then you should explore the possibility that your pain comes from TMS.
Thank You Dr. Sarno!
— Bobby K.
The following is my first thank-you LETTER to Dr. Sarno — from 2003:
November 6, 2003
Dr. John E. Sarno
Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine
400 East 34th St
New York, NY 10016
Dear Dr. Sarno:
Thank you so much for all of the materials that you have published about TMS, and for writing to tell me of a doctor in my area who is knowledgeable about TMS. I have an appointment in a few weeks to see Dr. Andrea Segal at GWU Center for Integrative Medicine, and hope to get a diagnosis of my condition from her. I’m also visiting tomorrow with the Integrative Medicine clinic at my local Kaiser Permanente HMO to see what they can offer.
I don’t have much of a story to tell … other than it was much like you described in books and video. The first time around, about 4 years ago, I’d not heard of TMS, and went the conventional route — with all the attendant restrictions and fear that continue after the pain goes away.
Then I had an episode about a year ago, awful pain, delays getting a new MRI. Found one of your books, acquired and studied more information sources about TMS, and was pain-free and fear-free in no time. Just a few weeks ago, I had a rather painful episode, and got back into the materials to study what to do in such a case, and again am rapidly better. I am so fortunate and grateful that you developed the TMS theory, published your materials, and that I found those materials — and even more grateful that I am well, and have so little pain or fear. Praise the Lord!
The whole world owes you a very large thanks. It is my hope that your methods will soon be widely accepted all across the country and the world. If there’s anything that I can do to contribute to furthering that goal, I’d be interested in participating. (I have recently returned a research survey form to Dr. Schechter.)
I wish you all the best in all your endeavors, and in your whole life.