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LisaLee37
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   Posted 1/21/2010 5:54 PM (GMT -7)   
I usually post on the Crohn's disease forum. But was thinking that maybe someone here could share there experience with me too. 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 injections of my medication, 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 am aware that I am a different person than I used to be. I have lost my zest for the normal activities that I used to love to do. I am tired most of the time and don't do much of anything but work and keep my socializing to a minimum.
 
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!

Howlyncat
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   Posted 1/21/2010 7:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Hullo..rec you from cd forum....i hv ap n had it prior to crohns..i gave xounselling a shot but for me it just wasnt the answe there is an online cognitive behavioural therapy MoodGyms Training program i found it helpful for me ..i also am taking meds as many things hv happened this pat yr including total loss of hearing ect,,,,,google the cbt ..cognitive behavioral therapy and see if that may help you out..i know others will be around with input for you soon..tk care..lyn..i hope someone with experience in hypnosis comes along i hv never used it nor tried it ,,sorry

Nanners
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   Posted 1/22/2010 7:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi LisaLee, this is Gail *Nanners* from the Crohns forum. I have had Crohns for almost 35 years and about 2 years ago I developed anxiety related to my Crohns. The other 33 years I did fine, but out of no where the anxiety developed. My husband and I planned a trip to visit his family in Mexico and I freaked out. I was in a constant state of anxiety worrying about what if I get sick, what if I ruin the trip for my husband, could I eat there without getting sick etc. It was so bad that I had to take a brief leave of absence from work. I went and saw my family doctor and I was diagnosed with anticipatory anxiety. He gave me a prescription for Xanax (25mg, lowest dose) to take, and that has helped immensley. I also saw a therapist for a few months. And the combination of those two things helped me to gain better control over the anxiety. I too am currently in remission, and was at the time the anxiety appeared. But thru the therapy and the occasional use of Xanax I am now much better. I kept thinking I was having mini flares of my Crohns or IBS attacks and it turns out that it was just the anxiety. I only use my Xanax about 1-3 times a month now. I tried a Hypnotist years ago when I had depression from a divorce, it was okay, but I didn't notice alot of change. But thats me, maybe you can give it a try. Good luck!
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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