From the Book:
From The Author
The following is a 5,450 word article that exposes an epidemic of pain that I think has been largely overlooked by the healthcare system. Fifty percent of the population have been abuesd or have had catastrophic events like rape, other trauma, war etc... in their lifetimes. Many of those people live with terrible physical pain ranging from occasional pain to day to day constant pain in spite of being in otherwise good health. Any situation that tries to bring painful memories into our alert focus can trigger real physical pain as a distraction from the emotional pain. Understanding that they have control of this condition stops the pain. I have been practicing family, urgent care and emergency medicine for over 30 years as a Physician Assistant. I was first introduced to MindBody medicine at Stanford University in 1977 when I attended PA school. My interest in MindBody medicine was rekindled when I read "Spontaneous Healing" by Anderw Weil M.D. and "Healing Back Pain" by John Sarno M.D. many years later. Dr Sarno has since written several great books on this subject and describes the mechanism of the creation of pain in greater detail than I can in this article. Please take advantage of his, as well as the other, materials listed in my Suggested Material Page. I have helped hundreds of patients with the information in this article. I hope it gets you started on a path of understanding and healing. Study it with an open mind and heart.
The thoughts presented in this article are NOT part of the mainstream practice of medicine. There are no studies I can quote and no tests available to prove they are correct. They are a collection of concepts that I have gleaned from many varied sources over my life. Some I picked up in school or independant study. Most came to me by simply observing and talking to thousands of patients with chronic pain syndromes. Please use the Information with that in mind. This article explores potentially fearful subjects like past abuse. It may be bothersome to some individuals. My hope and prayer is that is is more helpful than painful to everyone that it touches. Please consult your healthcare provider before making any changes to your treatment plans.
The Undiagnosed epidemic
The term diagnosis literally means TO KNOW. It has been my experience that health care providers don't know enough about their patients because they don't ask about present or past abuse, or other stressful situations.