Hypnisis for Crohn's and Anxiety?

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   Posted 1/21/2010 7:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Although I would like to try and think that psychologically I have handled this journey with Crohn's for the past 10 years pretty well. I recently have had some unusual stress in my life. Two weeks ago after my Humira injections, I began getting severe heart palpatations. I have spent most of the week at mulitiple doctor appointments and having tests run to make sure that I didn't have some sort of reaction or any other underlying problems with my heart. The results of my echo/stress test came back great today! Yippie! However, they now think that I am having some sort of anxiety/panic issues. I received a long lecture today from my physican (who I respect) pointing out that I have done a really good job at managing a full-time job and battling my disease that has never been in remission. He thinks along with additional issues, that I am breaking down and suggested counseling.
I met with a therapist today who uses Hypnosis and bio-feedback therapy. Has anyone tried this approach before? I am a little skeptical. Thank you!

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   Posted 1/21/2010 8:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I am not skeptical at all of this.  I am not handling the psychological aspects of Crohn's as well as I'd like to think I do sometimes.  Please post again to update if you decide to do this, I am interested in hearing about it.
Good luck!
32 yr old Female
Crohn's Colitis
DX 12/06
Currently on Remicade, trying to remember to take Multivitamin and Calcium, need to start taking Probiotics and Omega 3-6-9 and Vitamin D

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   Posted 1/21/2010 9:12 PM (GMT -6)   
DEFINITELY go for it! Hypnosis works better for some than for others but a good hypnotherapist teaches you self-hypnosis as well and it can do wonders for relaxation. Bio-feedback is another good tool. I commend your doctor for suggesting them!!!! They sure beat antianxiotics and antidepressants!!! They require a little more work on your part than pills but they also give you a wonderful boost up in your sense of control!!!

My computer says I need to upgrade my brain to be compatible with its new software.

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   Posted 1/22/2010 10:05 AM (GMT -6)   
I responded to your post on the anxiety forum.
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease & Anxiety/Panic
Crohn's Disease for over 34 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium, Vit D, and Xanax prn. Resections in 2002 & 2005. Also diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, & Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*
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