Widespread pain in a 55 year old man

Approximately one year ago, I was diagnosed with polymyalgia rheumatica, a painful condition of the muscles and joints that I knew I had been suffering with for years. In fact, a few months earlier it had gotten so bad I couldn’t get out of the truck. My career has been in commercial construction for 38 years starting out at the age of 17, and my entire career I have been a go-getter, making things happen. At the age of 20, I was a carpenter foreman, at the age of 22 a superintendent and so my entire life, I’ve had to deal with deadlines that don’t change, weather that always changes, personalities of owners, architects, engineers, my bosses, subcontractors, and individual personalities. Needless to say it’s been a very stressful job for a long time.

My wife was watching the news one evening and saw a segment that the local station was reporting on the program by Dr. Schubiner. When she told me about it, I told her I would like to call to see if it might help, because at this point, the steroids prescribed to me were not working and really never did. I was starting to call pain clinics because I was so desperate. I knew that I didn’t want to start on painkillers because of my profession. I was willing to try anything and I told my wife I would convert to voodooism if I though it would help.

After talking to you and reading Dr. Sarno’s book, I actually began to feel a bit better, and there seemed to be a way out of this hellacious pain. I couldn’t believe that I was getting better! My wife also began to see a difference, in that I wasn’t so irritable or nasty at times. I was beginning to have some hope. After the appointment with Dr. Schubiner, I felt even better and I realized that I had control of my pain. As a construction superintendent, I always had to have control over everything.

I also realized that most of the problem has been with me for years, even as far back as when I was 16 years old, I had terrible sinus headaches and I believe that that was the start of my TMS. Later, in my mid 20’s it was peptic ulcers, and after that I began to suffer from back pain: all due to TMS. After the seminars, I felt even better and now had the understanding and the tools to control my pain. Finally at age 55, I felt that there was an end to my pain.

To summarize: after reading Dr. Sarno’s book twice, 60% of my pain had vanished; after the consultation with Dr. Schubiner, 75% of my pain was gone; and after the seminars 90% was gone. I have only been involved with this program for 2 months and I am virtually pain free, and when I have some pain, I know what is causing it and am able to control it. It is almost too easy. GOD BLESS DR. SCHUBINER AND DR. SARNO.

Carl R.

*The personal stories are from actual course participants and are used with permission. The names and photos have been changed to protect confidentiality.