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Rapid Recovery from Back and Neck Pain: A Nine-Step Recovery Plan

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2008

    From crippled to good as new

    Around the time of my pregnancy in 1995 I developed pain throughout my body that eventually reached a point where almost all the activities in life I loved were no longer available, and trying to get well became an obsession. The critical symptoms were a sawing pain across my upper leg and in my hip, repetitive strain injury 'RSI' in my hands and arms which at its worse prevented me from dressing, toileting or eating without assistance, and back, neck, ankle and foot pain. There was a year when I couldn't drive myself at all. Eventually I ended up in a wheelchair, pushed around by my husband. This experience was extremely frightening and I was greatly challenged to deal with both the fear and the pain. Throughout this period we spend huge money and energy getting the best medical help we could find. Numerous 'often conflicting' suggestions were offered for why I was in this predicament, but nothing offered arrested my decline. My life became vastly restricted. When I began reading Rapid Recovery from Back and Neck Pain, I could barely walk. I followed the strategies outlined in the book closely. I quickly regained both mobility, and muscle strength, and was once again able to play the piano, and resume trekking and climbing. Three years later I continue to immerse myself in these activities, and my body works great. As an added bonus my allergies to cats and pollen and the like, which I had had since early childhood, disappeared. This approach challenges current medical thinking, and challenged my thinking. Once I committed to it I focused on the 'what to do', rather than on the 'will it work?'. I found the book practical and easy to follow. The important thing is to give it a thorough try 'rather than getting tied up with what doctors have told you in the past, or what our society currently believes about pain' and to follow the steps as designed till you realise it works and you can go it on your own. It is a powerful approach, and produces results that are almost miraculous. It's been well worth the effort and lifechanging for me, and others I've met.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2004

    RSI almost cured

    This book offers a practical implementation of Dr. Sarno's theories. I read 'The MindBody Prescription' as well as this book to cure Repetitive Strain Injury in my hands. Now, six weeks after first encountering this approach, I am 80% cured. I still have some symptoms in my hands but I'm no longer scared of the pain. I don't know if this book will work for everyone but it had a lot of good advice for me. Thanks Fred.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2003

    AMAZING -- It really works!

    My husband was extremely athletic... hiking, running, tennis, biking, surfing. Then all of a sudden he had extreme joint pain and muscle fatigue that progressed to the point where he had trouble walking. The doctors diagnosed him with ten different illnesses but no treatments were working. He started reading Amir's book and before he had even finished half of it, he went for a one hour walk and went swimming and diving. What I've heard about people feeling better WHILE they're reading it is not a joke or exaggeration. The book is remarkable and can apply to anyone who's suffering from pain -- it's not limited to back and neck pain. In addition, it seems like it has a cliff notes version of Sarno's theory, so it probably wouldn't be necessary for someone to read both books. If you have any kind of body aches and pains, I can't recommend this book enough. I'm going to buy ten copies of them just to have one on hand in case I know anyone who could benefit from it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2003

    Real relief from very real pain

    This book has just enough new information to solidify everything I had already read and tried to believe about Tension Myositis Syndrome. Although Dr. Sarno's research on the subject left little additional that could be said, he never lived through the long term torturous agony that we have suffered with. Fred is one of us. He has been there and come back from the edge. I've known I have had this syndrome for more than two of the four years I have suffered. The pain I have experienced first hand was worse than anything my conscious mind could dream up. Unfortunately, my unconscious mind is much more sinister, to say it is ic is being too kind. It has tricked me into useless and costly chiropractic manipulations and many acupucture treatments as well as hundreds of wasted hours doing physical rehabilitation and many hundreds of dollars in supplementation to try and stem the progress of osteoarthritis that I don't have. This book is not for people with closed minds. For them there are that will destroy the stomach lining or cause physical addiction that will destroy their lives. Eventually they can have back sugery that may provide temporary relief if they are one of the lucky one percent. Maybe after they've wasted as much time and money as I have the doors to their minds will swing open and embrace the truth. If not, I don't really care...because I FEEL GREAT.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2003

    So Helpful - I Can Enjoy Life More !

    This book by Fred Amir has helped me in so many ways. I can better handle daily problems that used to trouble me with his scramble technique. Talking to my tight back muscles asking my brain to send flow to my back muscles has helped me to relax those muscles and now I feel great. John Sarno's book to which Mr. Amir refers to did not do enough for me. He was too vague. I need step by step details which Mr. Amir provides giving examples from his life. Thanks Mr. Amir for helping me to enjoy life more !

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2002

    It Really Works!

    I was diagnosed with a herniated disc (L5 S1)and my Orthopedist said I would never be the same. At the time I was lifting weights and running 3 times a week. The Dr. told me that those activities will have to be significantly modified due the the herniation.He scheduled me for Cortisone shots in my back to eliminate the swelling thus reduce the pain. Just one caveat, I could very easily irritate it once again If I return to my vigorous lifestyle. The day before I was scheduled for my treatment I was told about Dr. Sarno's book, and after doing some research discovered Fred Amir's book as well, so I bought them both. I pushed off the treatment to give these books a shot. I first read Dr. Sarno's book which gave me an understanding of his theory, then proceeded to read Fred Amir's book which helped turn theory into reality. I had read another review which said that the person experienced relief as he was reading the book and I laughed, but I did too. The next morning I went back to my old routine of running outside and in the beginning there was pain (Nobody says the pain is not real) but I fought thru it and within a few days I was pain free. I do have occasional flare ups but if you go back to the principals of the book the pain disappears. Give the book a chance, and don't be so skeptical.Thank You Fred!

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