In May of 2006 when I was still living in Miami, I was involved in a car accident — I got rear-ended at a red light and suffered whiplash. Luckily, the MRI showed that nothing was broken or fractured.
After about three months of doing Network Spinal Analysis with my chiropractor, the pain was gone. I had great range of motion and could move my neck to the left and right without any trouble.
Thinking I was fine and acting as if I were 18 years old again, I then proceeded to play two hours of very hard tennis in the blazing hot Miami summer. At the end of the match, I went to take a serve and knew right away that something was really wrong.
I felt an intense throbbing in my neck that I had never experienced before. Needless to say, the pain came back in a much, much stronger way.
Since that day, I have been consumed with trying to fix my neck and have spent every waking hour thinking about it. I have seen dozens of chiropractors, acupuncturists, cranial-massage therapists and energy healers. I would travel anywhere to see anyone that I think could help. Most of these individuals were very nice people and all of the work did help to some degree.
However, the pain did not completely go away and nothing was helping my serious problem of not being able to sleep.
Over the past five years, I would say that I have had about 10 good nights of sleep and averaged 3-4 hours of sleep per night. Each morning I would wake up feeling completely exhausted. I couldn’t wait for the weekend to come because I knew that I could have the whole day to try to get some rest.
Since I am a very active person, I refused to give up exercise. I did yoga and limited activities in the gym, both of which exacerbated the problem. Tennis and running were totally out of the question.
About a months ago, I started talking to a woman named Emily (a fellow Brown alum as it turned out) in my local organic supermarket. Within minutes, the conversation turned to that of my neck. She immediately told me how she had been cured of similar physical issues by a local NYC doctor who studied under Dr. John Sarno.
Dr. John Sarno wrote a book called Healing Back Pain: The Mind-Body Connection and has cured thousands of people who have suffered from neck, back, hip and other pain issues.
Desperate and willing to try absolutely anything, I bought the book the very next day and made an appointment with this same doctor that she had seen.
About 60 pages into the book, my neck pain was about 80% gone. I ended up going to see the doctor and he confirmed that there was nothing structurally or neurologically wrong with me.
About 3 weeks after first picking up the book, my neck pain was virtually gone.
After thousands of dollars of doctor visits and countless hours running to get some form of treatment, I am now pain-free, have been sleeping through the night and am planning on playing tennis next week.
If anyone you know is suffering from neck or back pain that just won’t go away, get this book. There are no exercises to do, no medicines to take and no therapists to see. All you have to do is read it and believe what is being said.
It saved the quality of my life.