Video with Dr. John Sarno

Below is a video with Dr. John Sarno, explaining his theory of tension myoneural syndrome, formerly called tension myositis syndrome. What I found fascinating was the woman who suffered for 35 years with pain and is now pain free using Dr. Sarno’s methods.

In Nov 2006 I suffered excruciating back pain and had an MRI of the lower spine. I was scheduled to see a surgeon who requested another MRI to check out the possibility of a herniated disc in the thoracic area. The combined MRI’s showed the following structural problems?

Herniated disc at T11-T12, pushing backward toward the spine.
L1-L2, herniated disc, piece of disc broken off and missing.
L2-L3, Mild bulging disc with spinal stenosis
L3-L4, Migration with slipped disc L3 over L4, both discs bulging and pressing on nerves
L4-L5, Bulging disc pushing on 2 nerve roots, more on the right than the left. (I had surgery on the left in 1981).
L5-S1, bulging disc on left.

My doctor concluded I had a high threshold for pain to be walking around with all those structural abnormalities. He warned: “Don’t fall.”

I was terrified to move.

I was scheduled for major back surgery Feb 7 (my birthday) 2007. The surgeon would replace the discs with man-made material that looked very similar to corkscrews or springs, then fuse the entire lower part of the spine.

Studies report that the MRIs of many people show abnormalities and degenerative changes like mine but without pain. They had no idea their back had bulging or herniated discs. All of which begs to ask the question how these structural abnormalities could cause pain at all?

Thankfully, my personality didn’t click with the surgeon’s personality and by the next day, I had canceled the surgery. Two months later I took Dr. Howard Schubiner’s mindbody program in Southfield, MI.

I continue to be grateful that I didn’t go through extensive back surgery which, I might add, would have required two years of healing. In theory, since my back pain is myoneural, surgery would not have been a permanent fix.

I hope this video offers you a clearer idea of Dr. Sarno’s work and offers hope for a pain-free existence.

2 thoughts on “Video with Dr. John Sarno

  1. Thanks for this, Dianne. I’ve forwarded this blog to a patient who is unable to implement my treatment strategy. I hope it helps her. I’ve read three of Dr. Sarno’s books and find them interesting.
    Best to you.


  2. I hope it helps your patient, too. We’ve been so conditioned in this country to believe that surgery is the only way to fix structural problems, and it just isn’t so. One of the recommendations in TMS classes is to read about the tension myoneural syndrome daily. The more one reads, learns, and listens, the easier it is to believe enough to let go of the pain. Thanks for your comments.


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