The Connection Between Niceness And Pain
As surprising as this might sound to you, the vast majority of chronic pain conditions are caused not by structural damage to the body, but chronic tension due to negative emotions? The biggest source of these emotions? You guessed it—pressure from trying to be nice, pleasing everyone, and getting everyone to like you. Join Dr. Aziz as he interviews a Master Health Coach who has helped hundreds of people permanently end their nightmare with chronic pain and recurring injury.
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Laura Heidrich began her struggle with chronic pain when she was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) as young woman. Refusing to accept the limitations recommended by physicians, she remained active, obtaining her degree in Business from the University of Central Florida. Developing an early interest in the medical field, Laura did her summer internship at Orlando Regional Medical Center (now called Orlando Health).
Through many doctor’s appointments, diagnostic tests and the search for an effective treatment for her RA, Laura became her own health care advocate – questioning traditional methods, taking as little medication as possible and noticing a strong correlation between her tension level and her pain.
Laura was introduced to Tension Myositis Syndrome (TMS) by a chance viewing of John Stossel’s interview of Dr. John Sarno on the news program, 20/20. She finally had a name for her true condition – all the dots connected between her experience and a TMS diagnosis. Her doctor was not convinced, of course, so Laura submitted a letter taking responsibility for the decision to stop medication.
Laura had one more RA flare-up following a very stressful life event, but was able to rebound quite quickly with another round of TMS self-coaching. This time, Laura’s Rheumatologist said “you’re on a very low dose of your medication – and have no pain, I’m not sure how you did this, but you’re in remission.”, but Laura felt strongly that her RA was gone for good…and has no recurrence of RA symptoms for many years!
Laura’s early bout with chronic pain made her acutely aware of the importance of good overall health – leading her to become a “quasi-expert” on healthy eating, fitness and stress reduction techniques. She also recognizes that some of her personality traits (perfectionism, a tendency to worry and “be good”) have a dark side – inducing a high stress level if allowed to run rampant. She says “you can’t change your entire personality and wouldn’t want to, but there’s a lot you can do to keep the worry wart inside of you from running the show.”
In 2015, Laura and her partner, John, relocated to Boulder, Colorado from Orlando, Florida – the mountains called, as did the health conscious community. Laura is thrilled that there are dozens of hiking trails, yoga studios and wonderful food available – all within walking distance.