A little while back I attended a pain workshop put on by my friend, Howard Schubiner, M.D.
In the workshop, Howard presented (& taught) his approach towards treating his chronic pain patients.
An approach Howard has used for years to help his patients become well.
And when I say, ‘well’ we’re not talking, “Things are going pretty good right now despite my [insert painful condition.]”
Instead, it’s, “Things are great, I”m not on a bunch of drugs and I’m no longer experiencing chronic pain.”
That kind of well.
Sounds a bit crazy or unbelievable right?
Especially since everything you ever see on the news or hear from most doctors is how ‘chronic pain’ is a disease that can only be managed… but not ‘cured.’
Worse, we even have ‘pain diseases’ that we (as in doctors) tell patients…
“We don’t know what causes this and we don’t really understand what we’re treating or how to treat it. The only thing we do know is once we diagnose you with it, the best you can do is only it for the rest of your life.”
(As ridiculous as it sounds, I used to say that garbage to patients too.)
Now, I’m not going to get into the common myths and misunderstandings of what pain is and, more importantly, what it isn’t.
I’ve talked about some of that before and there is more to come.
(Especially since it’s these misunderstandings of pain that often keep people trapped in pain.)
Instead, I’m going to ask a couple questions.
What happens when someone gets well from an ‘incurable disease’ like fibromyalgia?
But more than that…
What happens when MANY people get well from fibromyalgia?
Does this mean they never had fibromyalgia…even if multiple physicians had diagnosed them with it previously?
If so, what kind of beliefs are reinforced if you say, “I know you say you had fibromyalgia and for years it looked like you had fibromyalgia but because you don’t have it anymore… that means you never had it in the first place…”?
(So…despite fitting all criteria needed to diagnose fibromyalgia the rule is you can only have fibromyalgia if you can never get well from it?)
Tough questions and maybe they sound harsh–but they’re not meant to.
Instead, please take them as hopeful.
Because there is hope.
Because, yes, you can be diagnosed with fibromyalgia and become well (not ‘managed’).
And our guest today, Ms. Patricia Scott is living proof of that.
Patricia was diagnosed with fibromyalgia by many doctors and suffered for years from the pain.
Well, things are bit different 😉
Dr. Howard Schubiner’s program (if you live in Detroit area).
And his book, Unlearn Your Pain (<–That link is for the newest edition that was just published so don’t let the lack of Amazon reviews fool you. The prior edition has 73 reviews and a 4.5 star [out of 5 stars] average rating.)