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July 03, 2014

"Yes You Can"
Living with Back Pain Newsletter

Hi Everyone,
My name is Dave and I run the website at Just like you, I am living with back pain and have been for many years. I started his website to try and help people, like myself, who are living with pain that will never go away.


The Third Edition, #0003

Well, here it is the third edition of "Yes You Can".

We start off with a short story about one of the most glamorous movie stars the world has ever known. She suffered with chronic back pain her whole life but her adoring fans never knew and it did not prevent her from living a life full of success love and drama.

In our "Latest from the Web" section we find a curious study published in Scotland that gives us a way to explain why our disability is our doctors fault. You read that correctly, it is our doctors fault. You need to take this with a grain of salt, but it is interesting.

This month's "Distraction" still requires an effort but this has a Middle Eastern flavor that you may not have tried. Don't be afraid to try something different to control your brain and manage your pain.


Who Is This Person?

Liz was born with violet eyes and a natural beauty that made her a star in a very young age. Unfortunately, she was also born with scoliosis, a congenital deformity of the spine that caused chronic back pain throughout her entire life.

Disastrously, a fall from a horse at the age of 12 further damaged her young spine and made her pain worse.

Throughout her life Liz also suffered many other medical conditions that caused chronic pain. She is reported to have said "I enter hospitals as often as most people enter taxicabs".

The list of medical problems includes:

   • Multiple Episodes of life threatening Pneumonia and Lung Infections

   • Three Caesarean Sections for Childbirth

   • Congestive Heart Failure and Heart Valve Repair

   • Surgery To Remove a 2 inch Brain Tumor

   • Appendectomy and Ovarian Cyst Surgery

   • Skin Cancer

   • Osteoporosis

   • Multiple Surgeries To Repair Vertebral Compression Fractures

   • Surgery to Replace Crushed Discs in her Spine

   • Fractures of the Right Foot, Left Leg, and risk

In spite of her chronic pain and multiple medical problems live live a glamorous and successful life. She starred in more than 50 movies including such classics as Cleopatra, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf.

She won three Academy Awards, and three Golden Globe Awards, among many other nominations and awards. She was also appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

The life of Elizabeth Taylor also included passionate love affairs and eight marriages to seven different men, and a love of expensive jewelry.

Later in life she became more limited by your osteoporosis and scoliosis causing severe neck pain which made it difficult and painful for her to even raise her head. After more than 100 surgeries she declined further corrective surgery for her scoliosis and died at the age of 79 from congestive heart failure.

Throughout her glamorous life life she displayed courage and tenacity while enduring chronic pain and multiple other medical problems.

Yes, you could say that Elizabeth Taylor refused to let chronic pain ruin her life.


What Is In A Distraction?

Using Your Brain to Control Your Pain

Find a Mantra

Your brain is the best pain management tool available. When you control your brain you can control your pain. Using a mantra can help you focus your attention away from your pain.

A mantra is a repeated word or phrase that you can say softly to yourself or speaking in a normal tone of voice. Some people find that the simple word such as om works well when it is spoken as ommmmm repeatedly.

Other people find a more complicated phrase to work better. I found this mantra posted on by Neel N.

(for easy pronunciation it is Om Kreem Achutha-Anantha-Govinda)

You can read more about mantras for pain atGuru Mantra for Pain

Like many other things that are worthwhile using a mantra requires effort and energy. You must turn off the TV and get up off the couch, find a quiet space, and focus your thoughts to find relief.

It is up to you.


Latest from the Web

My back pain is my doctor's fault?

This study presented on PubMed is from the Orthopedic Department at the Western Infirmary in Glasgow Scotland concludes that the majority of disability due to low back pain is iatrogenic.

Iatrogenic means caused by doctors.

This review of low back pain and sciatica over the past 3500 years has determined that prior to the late 19th century back pain or backache had always been considered a rheumatic condition, like a disease.

Some people had it and some people did not have it, and that is just the way it was. There was little that could be done.

Doctors began giving people options

After WWII doctors began to view back pain and sciatica as a serious spinal condition, that is more like an injury that needed to be treated. Along with other therapies they began prescribing rest.

As this change in diagnosis patterns and treatment plans, by the doctors, progressed there was an explosion in disability cases due to low back pain and sciatica.

The second point these orthopedic physicians made was that improved social conditions allowed rest and disability. Prior to the mid 19th century most people were forced to perform some type of work to prevent starvation.


Disability is a relatively new phenomena that is caused by doctors.

For the past 3500 years people have had backaches, back pain and sciatica, but only recently has it begun to keep people from living their lives.

Prior to WWII, in spite of the pain, they continued to live and be productive human beings.

In the "old days" they kept getting up every day and going to work because:

   • They had no other options if they wanted to eat

   • Doctors told them that they had to "learn to live with it" So they did

Read the abstract at

Isn't it amazing what we are capable of when we don't have any other options, and isn't it nice of the doctors to take the blame.


Latest News from

What is Sciatica? How do I know if I have it?

Sciatica results from irritation of the sciatic nerve. It can cause severe pain and limitation. It can keep you from living your life and doing the things that you want to do.

Besides pain, it may cause numbness, tingling or weakness in your buttocks and radiating all the way down to your toes.

Fortunately, there are things that can be done and this latest webpage on Living with Back Pain discusses how you can tell if you have sciatica or some other problem. What is Sciatica? How do I know if I have it?


Well, that is it for this month.

I hope you enjoyed this issue as much as I enjoyed writing it for you. Don't let your pain wear you down. Keep fighting the good fight and living your life because "Yes You Can".


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