I’m a 59-year old female diagnosed with chronic pain, fibromyalgia, degenerative disc disease in the neck and lower back, and rotator cuff syndrome. I was on Klonopin, pain and sleep medications to control the pain and anxiety, and help me sleep. I had all modalities of treatment…physical therapy, acupuncture, deep tissue massage, injections, adjustments, etc., all with temporary relief and still the inability to sleep through the night without chronic aching. I was advised by my doctors that I would only get worse with age and to never engage in any high-impact or strenuous activities. This left me with a sense of hopelessness and extreme depression; I felt my life was basically over. It wasn’t until I was introduced to Dr. Jennifer Huggins and concept of TMS that my life began to change. Through her instruction, help, and introduction to the concepts of Dr. John Sarno and the MindBody Connection, all my symptoms started disappearing. Just having the knowledge and understanding of the mindbody connection was all it took to free me of all my pain. I no longer use pain medications and I’m totally off of Klonopin and sleep medications. I can engage in any physical activity without fearing I’m going to break. I finally got my life back and can look forward to the future without obsessing over pain. Thank you Dr. Huggins, you saved my life!
I am so very happy to have found you...I thank you for literally saving my life and so much more. An angel of hope and action you were to me. I feel wonderful now with a clear head and clear thinking.
I was bedridden for many months with agonizing, unrelenting and disabling back pain, the cause of which no physician could ever diagnose. Then I saw Dr. Huggins and my life began to change. Her counsel helped me almost instantly and immensely. Through her insightful and highly knowledgeable, yet sensitive and compassionate therapy, my condition quickly improved. Dr. Huggins helped me understand the mind-body connection, as it applied specifically to me, that underlay my condition. She gave me practical, easy to use tools to healthfully re-align my emotional and physical state. The back pain completely ended after several weeks of therapy - and has not returned. I still use the information and techniques she taught me for other aches and pains when they arise. I thank God for Dr. Huggins, the end of my severe and chronic back pain, and the life skills she taught me.
Following a serious car accident, I suffered from chronic pain for over 10 years and exhausted every doctor and medical resource I could find. As a 24 year-old man, I was told that I would be in pain for the rest of my life. I was on disability and unable to even work an office job when I began meeting with Dr. Huggins. Dr. Huggins’ compassionate approach helped me realize new things about myself and pain, challenging me to put lifelong habits and conditioned responses to the test. I eagerly anticipated each appointment as a new opportunity to soak up her knowledge and gain new understandings. Her understanding of chronic pain and how it relates to the mind and body has absolutely changed my life. I see a completely different future after knowing Dr. Huggins- Chronic pain no longer controls my life.
My name is Elena. I never had any health problems until 2015. I was a strong & healthy person, working full time, and I was a full time student as well. Looking back and knowing about TMS, I can see now why my health problems appeared. I just woke up one morning with excruciating, unexplainable pain in my middle back and chest. It was the beginning of the big battle of looking for the disease; but, finally discovering the cause was long term tension, which finally reached the breaking point. During the first six months the pain started and was migrating all over my body, I saw a lot of doctors both inside and outside of Kaiser, including Cedars-Sanai: Family doctors, Neurologists, Neurosurgeons, Rheumatologists, Physical therapists, lung specialists, Gastroenterologists, and so on. My quality of life during this period was very poor. The list of symptoms was growing longer every day. My diagnoses included Degenerative Disc Disorder, Spinal Stenosis, Spinal Arthritis, all the way to a “twisted spine.” My neurologist who didn’t see any abnormalities on my MRI and x-rays suggested I see pain management. By then, I was laying down most of the time, crying, because even lying down was painful, and I was begging to die. It was a nightmare for me and my family. I did not know if I could participate in treatment due to the constant, horrible tension headaches, pain in the nose and sinuses, vertigo, cough, stabbing pain in the neck, middle back, and chest, burning sensations in the throat, toothaches, pins and needles and numbness in my arms and hands, stomach aches, and insomnia. It was very painful for me to sit or use my arms, which made driving excruciating. I did not believe treatment would help, but I went anyway because I could not stand to see my family suffering for me.The first day in the program I met Dr. Jennifer Huggins. I was a mess and had lost any reason to live. It was like my body was sending messages about the pain to my brain form all over all of the time, and my future only looked like more pain and fear.After Dr. Huggins’s first session, I got a little bit of hope. I could feel a lot of strength and heard a lot of knowledge about tension related disease: TMS. Everything she said about the fear and pain made sense. It was a spiral of pain and fear, and I saw myself at the bottom of this spiral. After her third session, I decided to ask Dr. Huggins a couple of questions about my symptoms. She explained to me that it sounded like classic TMS and gave me the name of a book that might help: “Healing Back Pain” by Dr. John Sarno. I also found out that Dr. Huggins was a former TMS sufferer. Her sessions were like she was the captain of the emergency TMS ship, who had personally recovered from TMS, and her mission was to help TMS sufferers who were drowning in the disease. She gave a lifeline, pulled me from the TMS ocean, and welcomed me on board.Now, I have two very competent doctors, my guides: Dr. Huggins with her very powerful sessions, and Dr. Sarno with his books. It was the beginning of my healing process. I was reading the book which helped me a lot, but most of the help I got was from Dr. Huggins, who helped me to unlearn the pain, and look at my symptoms as psychological, not physical. She created the whole healing process from TMS for me, step by step. I did not feel along in my battle with the disease, now I had my Dr. Huggins, who was there for me anytime I needed.I’m still recovering from TMS, but the progress I’ve made after six months of therapy is pretty impressive, considering where I was and where I am now. I’m no longer restricting myself from activities. Any lifting or bending over is no longer a problem. I’m exercising on the treadmill for 45 minutes everyday, going to yoga class, and swimming every week. I’m free of medication. I got my life back, and I’m thinking about going back to work and graduating from school. I’m almost free of pain, but most important is how I’m reacting to the pain now. Dr. Huggins helped me to break the pattern of pain that was increasing fear in a vicious feedback loop. Now without the fear, the pain is decreasing. I’m still going to my sessions with Dr. Huggins, I know that one day I will be completely free of pain.
Jennifer is an incredible therapist. From the moment I met her, I knew she was a perfect match for me. I searched for a while for a therapist that would fit my needs and once I found her I knew I had to look no further. She isn’t the type of therapist that just sits back on her chair and listens, she gave me perspective, feedback and challenged me to look further within. Thanks to her I finally have closure on many of my issues and feel a lot more at peace. I definitely wouldn’t be feeling this healthy and grounded without her help. I strongly recommend Jennifer!