Don’t live in pain

Pain is a perception – nothing more, nothing less. Understanding pain allows you to gain control of your care. Freedom from pain is not only possible – with the right approach it is probable.

Taking Back Control: The 5 Stages

Back in Control: A Spine Surgeon’s Roadmap Out of Chronic Pain is a book that shares the strategies learned by the author during his own journey out of chronic pain. This website is the action plan, which evolved from many patients’ successes. It will guide you along a transformative path from suffering to empowerment and vitality.


Stage 1

Address anxiety.

Pain increases anxiety. By using Mind Body principles alternate neurological pathways are created to diminish it.


Stage 2

Deal with anger.

Being trapped by pain is frustrating. You must break loose of your anger to move forward.


Stage 3

Reactive to creative.

You have been in a survival mode. Free yourself from your painful past and create a full life.


Stage 4

Take back your life.

Chronic pain isolates you. Re-establish a nurturing home and valuable friendships.


Stage 5

Live a rich, full life.

Connect with the beauty of life – awakened, recharged, and full of hope.
Your pain will be a distant memory.

Getting Started

DOC (Direct your Own Care)

  1. Begin your healing journey – This set of suggestions provides a solid starting point.
  2. Charlie’s Story – After 16 physicians in three months without success, he has been pain free for years.
  3. Understanding Pain: What to Do About it in Five Minutes – This Australian video presents a concise overview of chronic pain.
  4. Background of the DOC project – My own 15-year battle with chronic pain.
  5. The Talent Code is a remarkably enjoyable book describing the creation of talent in athletes, artists, and musicians. Focused repetition stimulates the formation of myelin, which is similar to what happens in chronic pain.

Work through all the five stages

  • Engage in the tools.
    • Just reading is not helpful.
  • Take your time, read the links, and absorb the concepts.
  • This site has evolved out of many people’s successes.