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Doctors are Prescribing "Mindfulness" for Fibromyalgia

Grace was told to pray her painful migraine away

Similar to Lori DeBoer, Grace Alexander had verified diseases, which were spinal disc degeneration and cauda equina syndrome. These conditions are caused by compressed nerves in the lumbosacral part of the spine. So, she was confined to a bed. Her left leg was partially paralyzed, and she was also incontinent. She also said that the pain she felt caused her to have difficulty breathing. Her answer to both conditions was to have a positive mind and meditate. However, these only worked for pain as her incontinence and partial paralysis were not treated. For these conditions, she needed medications, injections, and surgery to regain her mobility.

The concept of mindfulness was quite familiar to her since she grew up in a Christian community. When she had severe migraines at a young age, she was told to pray and have enough faith to make the pain go away. She was also made to believe that not having enough faith will not make her pain go away. 

Because of these stories, there is a belief in the medical setting that if mindfulness is not effective, it means the patient has too much anxiety, or they give too much focus on their pain. But, judging by these accounts, should mindfulness be considered a standalone treatment?