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sandy4512
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   Posted 5/28/2009 12:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everybody

I'm considering hypnotherapy to help me cope with my chronic pain - I'm currently on carbamazepine [tegretol], tramadol and morphine when necessary. I have weekly physiotherapy, hydrotherapy and have acupuncture. Have any of your tried hypnotherapy and if so, what did you think? Would you recommend it?
Thanks

PAlady
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   Posted 5/28/2009 1:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Sandy,
I would absolutey recommend hypnotherapy or some type of deep relaxation/ guided imagery to help with pain. If you are going to pay for hypnotherapy, though, make sure this is someone with a degree in a field such as psychology or clinical social work, who also does hypnotherapy. Many pain therapists will teach you relaxation techniques specifically designed for pain, and that may be the best route. Do not pay a lot of money or go to someone who has had a one or two day training.

Actually, all hypnosis is, at its core, self-hypnosis. It's simply that you're guided by another voice, another person. And there are many ways of doing this. But we have a BAD storm starting right now so I've got to get offline! Feel free to ask any questions.

PaLady

golitho
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   Posted 5/28/2009 6:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sandy, I've also tried hypnotherapy for relaxation. I feel so wonderfully relaxed after a session but I'm not so good at recalling the imagery when I'm in bad pain. It's definately worth a try, golitho

skeye
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   Posted 5/28/2009 6:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sandy,

I tried hypnotherapy, however I only lasted one session. I did not feel comfortable with my therapist or his approach, so I never went back. I have heard great things about it though. It just wasn't for me (at least with this therapist).

I have learned a lot of self relaxation/self hypnosis techniques though, as both a competitive athlete and a chronic pain patient. It hasn't helped me so much with my pain, although worked great for "getting me in the zone" for my competitions. There are a lot of guided imagery CD's out there. Those might help you as well. I have several of them, although not ones for pain. I keep meaning to look into it, but haven't gotten a chance. I wish you the best of luck!

Skeye

Post Edited (skeye) : 5/28/2009 7:31:23 PM (GMT-6)


PAlady
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   Posted 5/28/2009 8:48 PM (GMT -7)   
The best woman in the business in regard to guided imagery tapes is Belleruth Naparstek, LISW. She first started her work with Cleveland Clinic cancer patients, but now has CDs dealing with a variety of health issues. I have several of them, and play one every night at bedtime. She has one for Chronic Pain, a great one for Healthful Sleep, plus Depression, Panic & Anxiety, Stress, PTSD, etc. Her website is
www.healthjourneys.com
I hope it's ok to post that. I don't have any financial connection at all to her, just recommend and use her material. Some of them are used in research studies. Her PTSD tapes have been used with 9/11 workers and victims, with survivors from Columbine and other tragedies. She also has some great ones to help with relaxation before surgery which are given out free by BC/BS of California. And she has one to help with outpatient procedures. You can go to her website and listen to clips for free.

PaLady

sandy4512
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   Posted 5/31/2009 9:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you everybody for your replies. I will definitely try some hypnosis.
Take care
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