One year ago, I went to the Mayo thinking I needed an organ transplant. I was in so much pain that for a decade (since I was 9 years old) I took narcotics daily, missed a ton of school, and ended up dropping out of my sophomore year of college. When I finally got in to see a doctor, he told me that I not only didn't need a transplant, but I could deal with the chronic pain I was experiencing by going to the Pain Rehabilitation program in Rochester.
The premise is that people who experience chronic pain, fatigue, nausea, and certain other symptoms who show signs of Central Sensitization can be rehabilitated by rewiring their brains to stop overreacting to pain signals. It's a long and difficult process, because the way you treat Central Sensitization is by experiencing the pain, and working through and past it. It's counter-intuitive, but it works.
These people literally saved my life. I am 20 years old and I was in literal hell for 10 years before coming to the Mayo. I did the children's' program (I was 19 at the time, but they were nice and took me in anyway) and I was there for around a month and a half, and by the time I left, I was completely off the narcotics I had been taking daily.
I saw 2 different people who had been wheelchair-bound for years with POTS learn to walk again. I saw a girl who only could eat through a PICC line and had been told she had 2-5 years to live and was already saving up money for her own funeral learn that she would have a long and healthy life. I made this account just to post this comment while I should be studying for my Anatomy II exam tomorrow – I'm now studying to be a nurse, partially because of the people who helped me through this program – because I want people to know how amazing this program is. They even offer scholarships if you can't afford it. You should ABSOLUTELY look into this, even if you're not sure you're a candidate.
I want other people like me to learn what it's like to have a normal life. These people save lives.