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I had had about 10 years of mild intermittent back pain and had built up a fear of it becoming worse. I was gradually prescribed more and more painkillers until by May 2010 I was taking high doses of 4 different types including a nerve blocker. I cried on a daily – almost hourly basis. I woke up to 20 times a night in extreme pain. I could sometimes get into a position in a chair or kneeling where the pain dissipated but I knew it would be agony when I had to move.
An admission to A&E and an MRI scan showed a ‘massive prolapsed disc’ compressing the nerves on both sides even though I only had sciatica down one leg. It was suggested I be referred for surgery but in the meantime I found Georgie and I’m so glad I did.
I started the programme and by July 2010 , just 2 months later, I was swimming and going out with my son on bikes, I even went over the jumps!! By January 2011 I was virtually pain free. I could do everything that I used to do. Since then I have gone on to become healthier and fitter than ever and to not just take up old hobbies like my theatre group, but new activities like wild water swimming and trampolining. It’s incredible and I can’t thank you enough.
Marie’s Husband, ‘Thank you for saving my wife’s life.”Marie
The last ten years of my life have been a mix of incredible highs and devastating lows. Looking back I have been plagued with pain, illness or some other symptom on and off for most of that time.
My last encounter with chronic pain started a few months ago when I was struck with severe sciatica and back pain. I had had it two years previously and had been treated with prolotherapy which I now know worked only as a placebo.
Within a week I had spiralled into a very dark place of pain, depression, anxiety and fear. I have two children and everytime I looked at them I felt such despair and guilt that I almost couldn’t bear to be around them.
I read Dr Sarno’s book ‘the mindbody prescription’ and could see myself on every page. It gave me hope but after applying his techniques for a week or two I hadn’t progressed much and was still struggling immensely. I decided to see if there was anyone in the UK and thank god I found Georgie.
I contacted her and I haven’t looked back since. The programme has been the toughest and most challenging thing I have done but it has also been the most worthwhile.
I have learnt so much about myself and now realise that actually although at the moment I still have some pain sometimes it’s ok because the most important thing is that I have my life back, my children have their mummy back and my husband his wife back. All the fears that kept me a prisoner to the pain are diminishing every day and that’s what counts. I know I will continue to improve and know I am now in control and that is an amazing feeling.Louise
I am glad to share my story with those of you still struggling and I hope it can help you to strengthen your faith in your recovery. After 4 years of debilitating back pain, unnecessary surgery, constant physical therapy and other treatments and many unanswered questions, my life became very limited. I was skeptical, faithless and depressed.
I was very lucky to hear about Georgie Oldfield in the UK, who helped me to reinforce the diagnosis and set the following challenges with confidence. Within a couple of months my pain had settled so much that I started swimming and my instructor was just amazed with my daily improvements.
Now I just came back from a long trip abroad and I still had to punch me to believe I was there. I am still on my recovery journey and enjoying every bit of it. As almost every patient says, ‘I am sure this work changed my life for the better.’
Georgie has been a paramount support in my recovery. From the very first moment I contacted her, she gave me all the support I needed. Georgie always has the key words to reinforce your faith and confidence to take a step further.
Now I know the power of strong self-dialogue, believe in yourself!!! Because all our muscles are strong and we are always able to do much more than we think.Sienna
Dr J S Tucker, Consultant in Care for the Elderly, Bradford
Dr John Maguire, GP in Bradford
John E Sarno MD Professor in Rehabilitation Medicine and Pioneer in the field of Tension Myositis Syndrome
Peter Zafirides MD, Psychiatrist & Clinical Assistant Professor, Columbus, Ohio, US
Wayne Kampers MRCPsych, Consultant Psychiatrist at The Priory Hospital, Roehampton
Susan – Client
Lucy – Client
The skills that Georgie has taught me are invaluable. They have allowed me to start to love and take care of myself, to believe in myself, to see that my body is fit and strong, to cope with stressful situations, to try things I have been scared of for so long and now to aim for new challenges