Hi, I've been through the course, and even though I tried to do most of the exercises, I struggle with the emotional expression part. My life has been relatively secure, and I really, honestly don't feel I have suppressed emotion. I tend to express my emotion, and get it out there. I also don't fit a lot of the personality traits, because I am fairly easy going etc.
I feel that my symptoms are the result of a physical problem that I did have, and a physical therapist helped me overcome to a large degree, but my body has developed a habit of pain. I relate to the part of this course that encourages the talking to my brain, that I won't tolerate the symptoms anymore, and noticing and letting it go. But when the pain is severe enough it's very difficult to ignore it. I am experiencing fairly constant headaches, although the pain does move around to other parts of my body also.
On page 65 of Dr Sarno's book "Healing Back Pain" he writes: On the other hand, in the great majority of people with TMS, about 95 percent, the anxiety level and the reasons for it are much milder, and they experience no emotional reaction when the pain disappears. One has the impression is these cases that the mind has overreacted to the anger and anxiety, and the defense wasn't necessary in the first place."
Any suggestions as to how to focus my attention for recovery? Do I need to keep digging into emotional issues? I haven't made a much progress with the pain as I would like, even though I am gaining understanding of it.
Thank you for your attention.