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   Posted 11/6/2009 9:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Has anyone tried this to help with their chronic pain? Did it help you? I continue my search to find something that will help with my horrible continuous headaches.

Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 11/6/2009 10:28 PM (GMT -6)   
tmjpain, I'm hoping someone here will post a reply for you, before it gets down the page too far. Keep bumping it up until the right person sees it. I dont know anything about what your asking, and I wish I could give you answer, but I just dont have one. I'm guessing by your screen name you have TMJ? I too have that, but havn't had a problem since I quit chewing gum. It can cause terrible headaches. Sorry about the spelling, but this computer dosnt have spell check. I will watch this thread to see what comes up for you and will help to keep it bumped up for you too.! Scram!.....and have a wonder evening and weekend. :)

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   Posted 11/6/2009 11:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Hypnotherapy and various other types of deep relaxation and/or meditative exercises can be an excellent component to a total pain management regimen. There are a lot of hypnotherapists who have had a couple of days of training and then hang out a shingle. You can just as easily buy a good CD and learn to use it. But a lot of pain management psychologists/counselors know many of these techniques along with other PM strategies, so that's a good place to start.

A woman who does excellent guided imagery (pretty similar to hypnotherapy) resources is Belleruth Naparstek, LISW. She started her work with the Cleveland Clinic chemotherapy patients, and now is nationally known, and her material is used in many research studies. I have no financial connection whatsoever to her, but use her materials and recommend them to others. I usually go to sleep to one of her tapes every night. Her website is

Dr. Andrew Weil also produces some good material. A lot of times you can rent these at the library, and find something you like before you buy it. It's well worth it, but may need to be used in conjunction with other methods. Gentle yoga (approved by your doctor), massage, or PT may be useful.

Hope this helps a bit.


Post Edited (PAlady) : 11/6/2009 9:08:22 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 11/7/2009 1:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi TMJ, I have gone to a hypnotist on many occassions. It was not for CP so let me make that clear. One thing I found with this lady after every session with her I have never been so relaxed in all of my life. I did not think that was possible for me.

I went to her for relaxation many times. I had a surgery pending and was quite worked up about it because of some bad problems from a previous surgery. I was scared to death, to the point of considering canceling the surgery strictly out of fear. She met with me the day before the surgery, not sure I would have done had she not been in the picture.

I did my homework and found her. She is a wonderful lady with many, many years of experience. Some of the bigger companies her in town hired her to help de-stress their employees. I have TMJ and know that pain. Now, I am wondering how well it mayy work for you in getting some of those jaw & neck muscles to relax. What about accupuncture its used for pain?
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crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & decreased circulation in both legs. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 16 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.

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   Posted 11/7/2009 2:27 AM (GMT -6)   

I have heard about it, But PALady made some outstanding points, you do need to be extremely careful about who you go to for it, Biofeedback is another area that might be worth your time looking into! All these have potential to be of help to you! I do wish you luck on your quest to conquer and over come your pain!

Good Luck to YOU!

White Beard
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I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on full disalbility!--   DDD, With herniated Disk at T-12 and L4-5. C5-C6 ACDF in  Sep 2009,  C6-C7 ACDF in Mar 1985, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV

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