the dilemma

CHRONIC PAIN SUFFERERS
AND THE DILEMMAS THEY FACE

(WEIGHING YOUR OPTIONS)

Chronic Pain

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Chronic Pain can and often does throw people’s lives into turmoil.  Each day I receive significant numbers of correspondences (blog comments / responses and emails) from desperate people whose lives have been wrecked by pain and an inability to lead a normal life, and to do the things they love.  Ultimately, they all ask the same question — a question universally asked of all practitioners —- “CAN YOU HELP ME?”  I would divide my responses into three distinct categories; no, probably, and maybe.

  • NO:  Unfortunately, this is a large percentage of what I get.  Please understand that I hate telling people no.  People contact me asking if I can help with THIS PROBLEM or THAT PROBLEM.  Although I can provide some GENERIC INFORMATION that will help almost anyone — no matter what problem they have — if I don’t really think I can help you, I will tell you that.
  • PROBABLY:  Notice, I rarely say “yes”.  The truth is, even when every fiber of my being is saying. “sure you can help this person,” I never really know until I actually lay my hands on a person, examine them, and then see how they respond.  Unfortunately, on occasion I have a person come see me who I was all but positive I could help, and they don’t get the results they were after.
  • MAYBE, BUT IFFY:  This would cover people whom I am very unsure (doubtful) about, but they really want to try.  Allow me to give you an example of what I am talking about by showing you this recent email from someone thinking about making a (long and arduous) trip to see me.

Hello Dr. Schierling,

This is a very complicated situation.  I was diagnosed with Metastatic Melanoma and had a radical groin dissection.  I still have severe lymphadema in the leg.   Afterwards, I couldn’t feel my left hip to engage it, so I kept telling doctors that I felt my groin was tearing and like my body was splitting in two.   I have always told them that I am only walking on one hip.   I feel like my Fascia is pulling off my entire body.  Now my skeleton feels collapsed, like the spine has pulled away.  I am doing what I can to wrap up my body and carry on with every-day life so that I can be a mom to my girls and a wife to my husband.  But there are times I feel I can no longer continue.

I have seen so many physicians and they all stare at me blankly while saying they have no idea what I am talking about. I cannot hold my head up anymore because it is resting on my collar bone.  I have constantly dragged my body here and there constantly daily to get me where I need to be, but am at breaking point. How can a body live like this?  Do you think there is any way you can help me?

Sincerely,
(name withheld by me) from (country withheld by me)

There are a couple of groups of people who can be easily duped by unscrupulous practitioners — those who are CHRONICALLY ILL or dealing with CHRONIC PAIN, and those who are desperately seeking to LOSE WEIGHT.  It would be easy to get this person to do whatever I wanted them to do.  I could sell her just about anything.  This is a big reason that, in case you haven’t noticed, there is nothing for sale on my site.

These are the situations where I am honestly not sure what to say.  The chances that I could help this person are iffy at best.  This woman’s problem might very well have a CENTRALIZATION COMPONENT to it, and is almost assuredly (to at least some degree) “SYSTEMIC“.  And no one can be totally sure what’s going on with the CANCER situation.  But if there is SCAR TISSUE present, getting rid of it is critical if she is really going to get better.  I certainly don’t want to take away any hope, as I can think of any number of people who I did not really think I could help, but responded like gangbusters to treatment (HERE is the best example I can think of).  On the other hand, the thought that I might be giving someone a false hope horrifies me.

So; ultimately it is up to you.  If you want to come to Missouri and give it a whirl, I will do everything in my power to help you as much as you can possibly be helped (as I have always said, you’ll know in one visit whether this approach is going to work).  My goal is to send you home with a GOLD BRICK.  Unfortunately, as much as I would like, I can’t make wild promises.   The worst that could happen is that it doesn’t work.  And yes; sometimes that happens.  Fortunately, to the best of my knowledge, no one has ever gotten worse with my treatment.   On the other hand, you could end up in one of OUR VIDEOS.  It’s impossible for me to be able to tell you up front.

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