I am 54 years old and suffered from lower back pain fairly consistently between 2004 and 2007. I consulted various local physios, chiropractors, osteopaths and, finally, in late 2006 an orthopaedic surgeon. Nobody could explain the cause of my pain but I was diagnosed (following XRay & MRI) with L5/S1 disk degeneration and told that my options were pain management or back surgery.
In February 2007, whilst still considering my options, I slipped on the stairs at home and slid down on my backside. Despite being quite heavily bruised I noticed that the lower back pain had immediately disappeared. Indeed, my back was then totally pain free from 2007 until May 2016 when I went to a local physio for a deep tissue massage. Although the massage was no different to ones that I had had before, within a few hours I found myself in a lot of pain. Next day the situation had not improved and since that day my back pain has been, more or less, the same as it was in 2004 to 2007.
In June 2016 I consulted a local chiropractor and his initial diagnosis was a tight joint (SI?) that needed to be loosened-up by manipulation. But having had a number of treatments, with only short term relief from the symptoms, he started to become puzzled and sent me for a XRay. The Xray shows that one of my discs is worn and has told me that this is fairly normal for someone of my age and not likely to be the cause of my pain. He still maintained that the SI? joint was stuck and needed to be freed.
However, research on the Internet led me to having a brief Skype call with Dr Stuart McGill and I then had a very detailed assessment done by his ‘right hand man’ in the UK. This assessment concluded that the pain is not due to the physical condition of my back/SI Joints and that a Back Mechanic exercise regime was the way to go. I followed this regime religiously for 3 months but concluded that it made no difference at all to the pain.
Further research on the Internet introduced me to Dr Sarno’s books and a consultation with Dr Nick Straiton in Brighton who is a medical clinician with an interest in TMS. Dr Straiton reviewed my XRays as well as a recent MRI and concluded that there is no physical reason for my pain and suggested the Unlearn Your Pain material by Dr. Howard Schubiner. So here I am about to embark on the Mind Body Program.
I am very keen to understand a bit more about the program (eg is it presented in the form of videos or is it articles to read) and whether there is scope to be guided through the sessions and to converse with others about it.