Please don't take offense to this question. I know you don't choose to suffer, but I'm here to tell you that you can choose to stop suffering. The greatest barrier to beginning this work that will change your life, is the debate over whether or not an EMOTIONAL EXERCISE can end a PHYSICAL SYMPTOM.

As a survivor of debilitating chronic pain and a practicing chronic pain psychotherapist, I am here to tell you definitively that it can, and it will, even for you. If you will let it.

If you would like to stop suffering, then I am here to tell you how. Your emotions are quite literally killing you - not because you feel them... because you don't. Each of us unwittingly wears a mask so familiar and cunning, that we have lost the ability to pull it from our faces. Doing so is not as hard as you think, but it takes a few rock solid actions. Here they are:

1) Believe that you can and will be well. I don't care if you don't buy this at all right now - do it anyway. Fake it 'til you feel it. It only matters that you make a decision to try something different. If you keep doing what you're doing, you'll keep getting what you're getting. This is no longer acceptable.

2) Do the work that I suggest. Every day. Your brain has convinced itself that it is "safer" for you to be in pain than it is for you to dredge up the shit I am suggesting you dredge up, so you are going to encounter a lot of resistance. DO NOT LISTEN TO IT. Resistance is the brain's way of keeping you right where you are, safe in the unsafest way. If you want to be well, you must push past it. 

3) Understand that you are human; what you're going through is normal, and you are in good company. FORGIVE YOURSELF FOR BEING IMPERFECT. You are not alone. Almost every person on the planet suffers from symptoms in their bodies that originate in something of the emotional or "stressful" nature. You are not wrong, bad, flawed, damaged or hopeless. You can save your own life if you embrace this and simply do the work.