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Think Away Your Pain presents a revolutionary approach to relieve suffering and eliminate chronic pain. In this user-friendly clearly written book, you will learn how chronic pain becomes a condition of the brain as much as the body. Think Away Your Pain shows you how to use the immense power of your thoughts and beliefs to literally change the neural circuitry of your brain. Dr. Schechter combines scientific evidence with clinical experience and psychological insight to teach a systematic method to control and eliminate pain with the mind. With 25 years in the field, Dr. Schechter has cured thousands of patients with this mind/brain based program. This book teaches the TMS healing method where changing thought, expressing feelings, and understanding can and do change the neural circuitry of the brain and eliminate the pain. Dr. Schechter discusses research supporting this approach including research by the author. Some will find this a more contemporary version of John Sarno's books on this subject. Others will find this a fascinating interface between medicine, psychology, and neuroscience. For the chronic pain sufferer limited in function, distressed by suffering and hopeless about the future, this book offers realistic hope.

©2014 David Schechter, M.D. (P)2016 David Schechter, M.D.

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Dear Author: Please hire narrator next time.

I get it. You wrote the book and now you feel you are the best person to narrate it. There's a huge difference between reading a book out loud and "performing" it. This book was painstakingly read and it shows. I am glad this was not my first intro to this topic, so I stuck with it. Otherwise I would have lost interest after chapter 1.

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Great but missing something.

I really loved this book because it offers possible solutions to my chronic pain disorder.
I think that it world have been great if it included additional material (PDF), like the tender points location, other diagrams ans the TMS oriented doctors in the area, etc.
The narrator (the author), was very clear, concise and no complain about that, it was like he was talking directly to me.

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Ready To Do The Work!

Very insightful. I purchased the workbook while listening to the audio book and I am ready to dive into the process. I have been living with chronic pain for 29 years. I've tried EVERYTHING except surgery. It is time to once and for all live pain free. I am ready, I am excited, and I am motivated by Sarno's and Schechter's books. Looking forward to being in control of my health.

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I don’t usually write reviews but I so wish everyone could benefit from Dr. Schecter’s book as I did. I struggled with chronic leg and hip pain for years but after reading this book I was able to interpret and react to my pain differently. I began to understand that my pain was not structural in origin, and that my mind was creating and intensifying my pain. I was able to lose my fear of exercise, and regain my quality of life. Dr. Schecter clearly and carefully explains the mechanism behind our interpretation of pain, and how our past and present emotional issues contribute to pain. I highly recommend this book to anyone experiencing chronic pain.

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Waste of time!

Never once did this author address a specific method of reducing pain!!! He was terrible!

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I was on crutches and in constant pain for 10 years due to a botched foot surgery for a torn tendon. The result is that I fell a lot and ended up tearing the ligament in my other foot---operation #2 . It was successfully repaired but the pain and constant
falling continued. I then fell several times more and severely tore both meniscus.. Within 3 days of reading
and listening to this book (I bought the audible and Amazon) I've put my crutches in the garage, the knee braces in the closet and pain meds remain in the medicine cabinet. Too good to be true? I've said that to myself many times but I'm living proof of the success of Dr. Schechter's method. This book should be required reading in all medical schools.

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Another Valuable Audible on Healing Chronic Pain

I read some of the reviews for this book including one which was critical and gave it little value. I think a review like that is a disservice to many of us suffering for years with unexplained chronic pain. I recently discovered the mind/body connection and have already read (or rather listened to) several books on the subject, including Dr. John Sarno. I find this book to be a different approach to the same ideas. I haven’t finished this book yet nor have I “cured” my chronic neck and head pain. But I believe the more I learn different “takes” about this approach, the better my chances of overcoming this nightmare. I am definitely enjoying this book and even though the author isn’t as “slick” at reading his own words I am learning a lot about me! And that’s critical!

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It’s very well written, but the recording is so amateurish.

There so many mistakes in this recording and you can even hear voices in the background. He’ll start a sentence and then stop mid sentence, and then realize he messed up a and just continue the sentence. Dr. Schecter… whoever you paid to record you… get your money back. Also, if you write another book, please just get a professional voice actor to read it for you. Good book so far though

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Where’s the PDF for this book?!

Dr.Schechner keeps referring to illustrations and figures, but I’m at a loss at how to find
The PDF for this “tape?”
George Hendricks
Please HELP!!
Apachegeorge@live.com. OR
CedarCreekboyg2@gmail.com

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Very well done!

I have been saddled with this pain syndrome for over 40 years. I hope this book and the exercises help me become pain free once and for all!

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  • 11-23-19

Great and very helpful book

I really appreciated this book on every level. I’m so pleased that the author narrated it himself. I realise this is a lot of work but it was so good to have his character and genuine caring came across through his narration. I also particularly appreciated his very systematic and methodical approach to the subject. I’m looking forward to getting the workbook off his website. Thank you Dr Schechter for doing an audio version as reading is difficult for me currently but I’m sure once I’ve put these principles into practice I will be back to reading and many other things I haven’t done in a long time.

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Good wan

Helpful look at TMS and not bad narration by the MD himself.. Would really recommend

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A must read for sufferers of chronic pain

My mum read this book a few years ago and it cured her RSI. I’ve been suffering from chronic migraine for almost a year, so I thought I would give it a read.

I have already tried pharmaceuticals, chiropractic, physio and acupuncture, with only temporary relief. When I started reading this book my pain was absolutely debilitating. 2 days later my pain had substantially decreased and I was able to resume most daily activities. I am very excited to work on this method for the next few weeks. It has given me real hope or regaining a normal life.

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Highly recommended for chronic pain sufferers

This book has helped me solidify and extend John Sarno's findings and methods; perhaps not 'extend' as such, but delivered through someone else's eyes and pov, as I say, this book has helped me understand the concept more thoroughly and progress in my recovery from chronic pain — which brought my life to a halt for the last 3+ years. Although not a definitive text on the concept / condition, I recommend this as part of the solution for chronic pain sufferers to educate yourself about TMS (Sarno's catch-all name for many conditions resulting in localised, migrating or even widespread physical pain, tension and muscle weakness — from back pain to RSI to fibromyalgia and others. TMS-related pain is created by our brain through repressed emotional trauma, and is often triggered by stressful life events, especially in those who have experienced physical or psychological trauma. TMS is short for Tension Myoneural Syndrome (formerly Tension Myositis Syndrome). The clincher with TMS, is that education is key and reframing your experience through the lens of that education lets you pave your own pathway out of chronic pain. Unfortunately paving is hard work, but exactly like real paving, the rnd result is rewarding and the work quickly forgotten. If this sounds like voodoo to you I urge you to take a deeper look, as the ideas and suggestions are really quite simple, rational and sound — and the authors are trained, legitimate medical doctors who rightly stress that you must rule out mechanical and/or serious disease first.

I have tried many, many things for Fibromyalgia and the concept of TMS and putting in the work around that has been the only thing to help bring me some relief — and for some context, I was in so much pain prior to finding Sarno's work, I had inquired about assisted suicide.

I give this book 4 stars as I agree with other reviewers, that the narration (read by the author) is poor — sentences pause in unnatural places so you need to mentally reprocess their meaning then you fall behind; words are at times even mispronounced; there is also audible background noise and at one point, it sounds like David is eating! Haha this actually made me laugh... but honestly, it is at the least distracting and does make it much harder work to digest the content. The book is slso read out exactly as it is written, so you have no reference to diagrams mentioned etc; it also states in the book you can download David's mindbody workbook from his website, however I could not find this myself and while you can purchase it separately, really, if the book states you can and you have purchased this book.. well the author should make it available (I signed up for a scribd trial and downloaded it for free).

Due to these production foibles, I couldn't help my brain questioning the validity and intelligence of the content every time one happened (and it happened quite a bit), due to the author being the person who was reading it so poorly. However, I already had validated these concepts through Sarno's work, so I advise you to cast aside your judgement in regards to this minor issue (compared to living with chronic pain, poor narration really pales right?). There is however a 'realness' about David's narration, style which on the other hand is welcome and I eventually became accustomed to his jarring delivery.

As TMS is a hard-sell, I would think it is in the author's interest to have this re-recorded by a professional person with a natural-sounding, relaxed voice — let's face it, it can also be annoying when an audiobook is being read by Lord Farquaad, Buzz Lightyear or The Queen.

If you suffer from chronic pain and you have tried traditional medical methods including scans, pharma, physical and psychological therapies — including alternative therapies — and are still at a loss as to the cause, buy this book in some form or another and check out John Sarno's books too.