Islamic Studies

Chronic Pain: A Test from Allah Part III

By Ustadh Fred Amir


In Part one I explained how chronic pain is a test from Allah (swt), and how I managed, by His grace, to recover from months of pain and disability.

In part two I provided a list of conditions caused by repressed anger, anxiety, and frustrations and later offer you more insight. The conditions listed here can be eliminated or alleviated using the Nine-Step Rapid Recovery Plan.

A number of questions were raised which could be best answered by reading Rapid Recovery from Back and Neck Pain: A Nine-Step Rapid Recovery Plan. For easy access the entire book is now available to read online at

One important message that I impart throughout the book is the importance of taking charge of your health and your life with knowledge and action. That is why I have dedicated Chapter Seven of my book, titled “The Road to Wellness,” to discussing empowering concepts and strategies that have helped me stay pain-free and healthy. You will find nine steps for establishing good communication and resolving conflicts with your loved ones and others, eleven strategies for coping with stress and tension, four steps for immediately improving a marriage, and a three-step plan for raising well-disciplined, goal-oriented children with high self-esteem. These techniques have resolved the issues that were chronic sources of anger, anxiety, frustration, and tension in my life and have made me much happier and healthier. I believe they can do the same for you.

Last but not least, according to Dr. John Sarno and some of my own observations, the following is a partial list of other conditions that can be caused by repressed anger, often misdiagnosed, and can be helped or healed by the Rapid Recovery Plan:

Head, face, and mouth: dizziness, ringing in the ear (tinnitus), migraine headaches, Tempromandibular joint syndrome (TMJ), teeth grinding, canker sores, Bell’s palsy, trigeminal neuralgia, Raynaud’s phenomenon, spasmodic dysphonia
Back and leg pain: Degenerative osteoarthritis, sciatica, pinched nerve, spinal stenosis, scoliosis, ruptured or herniated disc, spondylolisthesis, the pryformis syndrome, osteoarthritis of the hip, spina bifida occulta, spondylolysis, fibromyalgia, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, myofacial pain syndrome, post-polio syndrome, facet syndrome
Neck, shoulder, arm, and hand: osteoarthritis, pinched nerve, thoracic outlet syndrome (TOC), repetitive stress injury (RSI), whiplash, carpal tunnel syndrome, bursitis, tennis elbow, torn rotator cuff
Cardiopulmonary system: asthma, sinusitis, hay fever, palpitations, some types of high blood pressure, chronic bronchitis, tachycardia, mitral valve prolapse (heart murmur), ectopic heartbeat
Skin: rash, acne, hives, psoriasis
Gastrointestinal system: colitis, heartburn, hiatal hernia, spastic colon, irritable bowel syndrome, cramps and chronic diarrhea not caused by an infection, chronic constipation
Genitourinary system: prostatitis, frequent urination, frequent urinary tract infections
Legs, knees, and feet: tendonitis, chondromalacia patella, torn meniscus, bone spurs, neuroma, plantar fasciitis, leg cramps, metatarsalgia, shin splints, pulled hamstring
Immune system: repeated colds and infections, yeast infections, Epstein-Barr virus (mononucleosis), hay fever

Other manifestations of repressed anger may be:

• Subclinical depression
• Depression
• Anxiety attacks
• Chronic fatigue syndrome
• Bulimia
• Anorexia
• Hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia
• Some acquired allergies
• Chronic pain
• Lyme disease (a bacterial infection caused by tick bites; however, finding the antibody titer in the blood is blamed for the cause of chronic pain)
• Spasms of the diaphragm, chest, and lungs, leading to hiccups, angina, and asthma respectively.

Please keep me, my family and Shaikh Suhaib and his family in your doas.

Allahuma ashfee mardhana,

Fred Amir

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