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MD Applies EFT to Successfully Relieve Urethral Pain

Important Note: This article was written prior to 2010 and is now outdated. Please use my newest advancement, Optimal EFT. It is more efficient, more powerful and clearly explained in my free e-book, The Unseen Therapist™.  Best wishes, Gary

Hi Everyone,

In this insightful case, Eric Robins, MD uses his own version of the EFT philosophy, namely that, "The presence of the disease presupposes the existence of unresolved emotional issues, whether the patient is consciously aware of them or not."  He calls this Robins Rule and, as you will see, he uses it quite effectively.

Hugs, Gary

By Eric Robins, MD

Hi Gary,

I had a 28yo labor and delivery nurse who came to see me for a urology consult. Her problems started shortly after she delivered a baby of her own. Her symptoms included a lot of pressure and pain in her urethral area that occurred after urinating. She also noticed a lot of pain in her urethral and rectal area when she would stand for any length of time, and sometimes the pain would reach an 8-9 on the 0-10 intensity scale. The pain got so severe that she was scared to return to work once her maternity leave ran out.

I did a procedure in the office where I looked into her bladder with a scope, and everything appeared normal. However, she failed to respond to treatment with standard medications. Oftentimes, symptoms such as what she was describing represent spasms of the pelvic floor musculature, so called "levator spasm." By the way, this report should also be a metaphor for the males in the audience, since a tight pelvic floor can also contribute to the commonly experienced chronic prostatitis in men.

I'd like to digress slightly for a moment to discuss an idea that is key when using EFT for medical problems.

If a person has suffered a traumatic injury, the body will sometimes heal very slowly until the emotional aspects of the trauma are dealt with. In this nurse's case, it became apparent as we talked that her own labor experience was very physically and emotionally painful. I knew that until we used EFT to defuse the unresolved emotions, her physical situation was unlikely to improve. In essence, her pelvic floor muscles were spasming in an effort to "protect" her from injury, even though the labor event had passed several months prior. I am becoming increasingly aware that much of what we put patients through in the medical field is traumatic for them.

The patient agreed to come in for a one hour EFT consultation. Initially, she was not completely aware of how traumatic her labor experience was. I was inwardly very congruent about the fact that there was no way she could have chronic pain and spasm unless there were unresolved emotional issues present. I call this the Robins Rule, which states that "The presence of the disease presupposes the existence of unresolved emotional issues, whether the patient is consciously aware of them or not."

We began to discuss her recent labor experience and delivery. The first upsetting thing that happened to her was that the nurse who was assigned to her was a colleague who was a terrible, uncaring person. My patient said, "When I saw that SHE was assigned to me, I shut down, and said to myself, 'This is going to be a horrible experience'". That turned out to be our first setup phrase, and we tapped it down to an intensity level of zero.

There were other aspects to this as well. My patient was upset wondering, "Why couldn't they have given me a better nurse, especially since I work here?" We tapped on this.

Next, her blood pressure was running quite high, and the nurse did nothing to try to get it down. "This blood pressure is going to be a problem during delivery." Tap, tap, tap.

Next, the baby was apparently turned sideways in the womb, and the gynecologist had to come in and do a very painful pelvic exam during which he tried to shift the position of the baby to a more head-down position. As she recalled this episode, she felt a lot of pain in her pelvic floor and was very tearful and upset. We tapped on this down to an intensity level of zero.

The next aspect that came up was that even though she had an epidural catheter placed, it wasn't working, and she "woke up in severe pain, and my nurse kept leaving the room and abandoning me." As she recalled this incident, she could feel pain in the vaginal and rectal area. We tapped till the pain and emotions were completely gone.

The next couple of aspects involved pain when she recalled the first time she used the restroom ("I was terrified"), and the first time she walked after the delivery ("It was extremely uncomfortable."). For both of these memories, when I first asked her to think about them, she could feel rectal and urethral pain and pressure, similar in caliber to the symptoms she first presented to me with. They were tapped down completely.

Once we were all done, I had her tell the story all over again from the beginning, and we occasionally stopped to tap on something that held residual emotional content.

I didn't see or hear from her after this meeting until today, when I got a call from her. She called to say thanks, and said that about 3 days after our work together, the symptoms disappeared completely, and have not recurred at all in 4 months.


Eric B. Robins, MD

co-author "Your Hands Can Heal You"
contributing author, "The Heart of Healing"
EFT advisory board member


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