the mind/body connection from US NEWS and World Report

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patientspiders
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   Posted 1/10/2009 12:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Ok, I changed the title to this post because no one read it when it said hypnotherapy in the title, but I think it's worth reading. You can think it's hoaky, but this article is from

US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT

http://health.usnews.com/articles/health/digestive-disorders/2008/11/19/try-hypnosis-and-counseling-for-ibs-and-crohns.html

Basic concept: hypnotherapy alters your thought patterns, which in turn alters the chemicals and hormones that your body produces, which in turn actually helps the physical manifestations of GI diseases.

It sounds promising, but somewhat "hoaky" as well. I just thought it was an interesting article since I can count at least 5 current posts that mention the mind/body connection.

Any thoughts or experiences with this?
27f, dx'd CD July '05 after 6 fistula/abscess surgeries
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Went Gluten-Free, noticing some definite improvement.
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Post Edited (patientspiders) : 1/11/2009 9:50:35 AM (GMT-7)


patientspiders
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   Posted 1/11/2009 9:51 AM (GMT -7)   
((bump)) for reasons explained above.
27f, dx'd CD July '05 after 6 fistula/abscess surgeries
(miscarried at 13 weeks, now waiting to heal before trying again)
Stopped Humira August 22nd, 2008.
Went Gluten-Free, noticing some definite improvement.
Started LDN October 27th, and already LOVING IT.

"Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate, but that we are powerful beyond measure."


Nanners
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   Posted 1/11/2009 11:00 AM (GMT -7)   
I personally am not comfortable at all with hynotherapy. I personally would not want someone else trying to control my mind. This is a personal opinion only so please don't think I am attacking at all, just don't like the thought of it. But I do believe the disease does have SOME mind/body connection as I did develop anxiety because of the Crohns. JMHO
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Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission.
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patientspiders
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   Posted 1/11/2009 11:35 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm with ya Nanners... I told my husband that the only way I would agree to do it would be if HE was in the the room with me and watching everything that the therapist did. Otherwise I don't think I would be able to "relax" enough for it to have a chance of working.

I guess it just kind of blows me away that the Director of Internal Medicine at the Mayo Clinic is a GI who thinks the tests for this stuff look really promising... or how does he put it... "a little more impressive than pharmacological studies". Anytime a person deep-rooted in the health care community mentions the success of a treatment that does NOT ultimately feed their bank account... I don't know. I'm curious.
27f, dx'd CD July '05 after 6 fistula/abscess surgeries
(miscarried at 13 weeks, now waiting to heal before trying again)
Stopped Humira August 22nd, 2008.
Went Gluten-Free, noticing some definite improvement.
Started LDN October 27th, and already LOVING IT.

"Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate, but that we are powerful beyond measure."


FitzyK23
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   Posted 1/11/2009 12:10 PM (GMT -7)   
I was hypnotized in college to attempt to reduce my pain. It worked for a few months. My GI was pissed and said it is important to feel pain to know when something is wrong. This is before I was diagnosed but really sick. The hypnotist was doing a fun show at my school. Since I was on the events board I decided to speak to the hypnotist about this. He said he couldn't cure whatever ailed me but change the way I view pain. Instead of feeling and thinking "ouch that hurts" I'd be intrigued by it. He couldn't stop the urgency or frequent bathroom trips but again, just change how I react/deal with them. For a few months I noticed a lot less pain and was kind of indifferent towards being sick instead of freaking out about it.
27 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night. I also take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.


pb4
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   Posted 1/11/2009 1:41 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't think I could be hypnotized, mostly because I wouldn't want to be so that alone would be enough to stop it from happening.

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FitzyK23
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   Posted 1/11/2009 3:40 PM (GMT -7)   
There were other students in the room when I was hypnotized. I wasn't alone. But, they were in the back of the room waiting for their turn.
27 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night. I also take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.

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