Book Review: The Great Pain Deception - Faulty Medical Advice Is Making Us Worse - Steven Ray Ozanich
By David Arandle (TET)
Stephen Ray Ozanich's book, The Great Pain Deception: Faulty Medical Advice Is Making Us Worse is one of the few books that can be described as life changing for many people who've read it.
Based on the research of Doctor John E. Sarno MD (who has also written books about his own research into what causes many ongoing, painful conditions) The Great Pain Deception is part autobiography of the author's own journey with long term pain, part research paper on what the author has learned from Doctor Sarno, and part a motivational guide to help you with your own pain.
It's important to note, and the book says so itself, that it's not a substitute for sound medical advice. You should always check any pain with your doctor to rule out anything life threatening that could be causing your symptoms. Where the book could prove useful is if your symptoms are ongoing (for months or even years), and particularly if medical advice isn't finding any answers or fixes.
Steven's own journey through paralyzing pain keeping him housebound, is inspirational. His discovery of Doctor Sarno's research on TMS (Tension Myositis Syndrome) pain - Mind Body Syndrome- and how he applied it to his own situation makes for compelling reading and gives you more than enough to say, if this worked for him why shouldn't it work for me too?
From my own story, I had been suffering from a recurring swollen neck, where the sides of my neck felt like they were swollen to the point where it was affecting my breathing. I'd been to the doctor many times trying to find out what was wrong, going so far as to get my neck CT scanned - which took some convincing of my doctor as, by that point, three different doctors had already told me my neck didn't look swollen to them.
My neck symptoms felt pretty real and didn't go away after the CT scan declared there was nothing wrong (even though my neck felt fully swollen when scanned).
When I discovered Steven's book I came to realise that my symptoms were a product of my mind rather than something being caused by any external factors. Which is not to say my swollen neck wasn't real, with real symptoms, but rather to suggest the cause of it was my subconscious mind creating real symptoms in order to distract me from dealing with deeper mental issues.
The subconscious mind creates pain in order to warn you something is wrong emotionally. Unfortunately, much of the time, we then focus on physical pain, that then starts to manifest itself as actual symptoms and real pain if left unchecked long enough.
What Steven's book does is gives you the tools to recognize TMS pain, and then teaches you how to manage and ultimately overcome it. Essentially it teaches you how to retrain your mind to not focus on the pain once you've identified it as TMS pain.
The Great Pain Deception is over 300 pages long. My neck troubles had all but vanished within reading the first 70 pages. Not only that but over the course of reading the book it helped me to think differently about other kinds of pain, such as pain I was attributing to growing older (I'm rapidly approaching age 50).
If you decide to read The Great Pain Deception (and I highly recommend it if you're dealing with any kind of pain) you may get the initial impression that it's telling you your pain isn't real. It's all in your head. You may be tempted to discard it because you believe your pain is very real.
That's not the point of the book. At various times the book states that TMS pain is very real with real symptoms. However, once you understand the cause of the pain is the subconscious mind, the book will give you the tools you need to counteract TMS pain by retraining/refocusing your mind to think differently about it. Over time you should be able to reduce TMS pain, or even rid yourself of it altogether.
I found The Great Pain Deception to be a life changing read. If you are struggling with any kind of pain that the medical profession isn't finding answers for, it may be worth reading. You may even be surprised at how soon you start seeing results.
[Note: Read my more complete review on The Extraordinary Tourist Life]
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Who Am I?
Online I am known as TET or 'The Extraordinary Tourist'. My real name is 'David Arandle'. Currently based in Gawler, South Australia, I'm an artist, writer, animator, video producer, entrepreneur, and skateboarder. I write the lifestyle blog, The Extraordinary Tourist Life, focused on my interests including; Art, Book and Film Reviews, Business, Health and Well Being, Skateboarding, Technology, Humor, and more.
My thanks to David for his guest post, which is something certainly worth thinking about because the mind/body link definitely exists!
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