GQ USA - April 2020
English | 104 pages | PDF
The indignity was nothing new. For about a decade, my life had been oriented around lower-lumbar pain and the constant lurking threat of sacral spasms. But things have changed. I’m writing this letter after an early-morning session at the gym, where I worked out with no back pain. Yesterday
I took a flight without a twinge, pang, or creak. In fact, since November, I have been getting in and out of cramped UberXs, sitting through 60- and 90-minute work meetings, and sleeping in a succession of hotel beds—each with a di≠erent mattress firmness and pillow height, two kisses of lower-lumbar death!—without any issues. All because I read a book. Healing Back Pain: The Mind-Body Connection, by Dr. John E. Sarno, changed my life so completely that I don’t know what to do to celebrate it other than to write about it here. As far as I’m concerned, the book is utterly magical—yet its magic is easy to explain. It simply showed me that the pain was all in my mind.