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    I've been going to a counselor for the past 5 weeks. Not sure if you all knew when I got out of touch for a while there I was touch and go suicidal so I am seeing a shrink who specializes in chronic pain. He sounds like Mr. Rogers on the phone but looks like Mr. Clean.
    Anyway, being the skeptic I am, he waited for a while to get to know me, then today did hypnosis with me, only called it 'relaxation"...and he was sneaky about it too. started out by just asking me describe the pain, where it was and what color it would look like. (I said redhot with shades of purple) so he said he wanted to see how well I could visulaize and began asking me to describe everything I could about a rose, then he started describing a dewdrop on the rose and summer sun glinting off the rose and warmth from the summer sun...all in his deep Mr. Roger's voice. Soon, I was in the summer sun, relaxing, turning the color in my from red to yellow. (or so he said, I don't remember...I know I was awake because I can remember him talking, I just don't remember all the details.) anyway, when he brought me back, he said my body was very relaxed....Usually I sit very tight.....My feet even stopped wiggling which they never do. Anyway, as far as pain, it helped some. moved from a 6 to a 3 for a while. (They are upping my morphine in the next few days. I'm having to argue for it) ....

    Just wanted to let you know...you obviously have to have a connection with the person...I wouldn't just go to a freak on the street.

    Good luck
    I.C. DX'd following my "second hysterectomy" (the remaining ovary, that kept bursting and bleeding 2 years after my hyster/right oompherectomy, was removed in 2003. I was a special ed teacher. I am now very lost, and feeling rather hopeless in my life.

    Medications I CURRENTLY take:
    90 mgs Ms contin (45 mgs Am/PM)
    Percocet as needed
    Topomax 100mg day
    Ambien 10 mg bed
    desipramine 25 mgs




    If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.
    Albert Einstein

  • #2
    I am glad you have found something that is helping. I have done self guided meditation that sounds very similar to what he is doing. It does help me relax and I am so glad to hear it is helping you.

    Good to see you again! hi
    Kim

    Diagnosed August 2001

    Current IC meds: Elmiron (since 2001), Levaquin (one pill after intercourse to prevent UTIs), Effexor (for depression & anxiety)


    Past IC meds: Amitriptyline (Elavil), Hydroxyzine (Vistaril), Detrol LA, Lexapro (for depression & anxiety, but also helped my IC) (They all helped, but I was able to discontinue them.)

    I've been virtually symptom free and able to eat & drink whatever I'd like for about 8 years now.

    *****************************

    “We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms -- to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.” ~ Viktor Frankl

    “You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you.” ~ Brian Tracy

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    • #3
      I do relaxation exercises and meditation too. And I have found that it does help with the pain. I am glad that you also have found that it does help you.

      Cali
      Cali

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      • #4
        That sounds so interesting, and relaxing. I know at times, I do deep breathing exercises, almost like meditation, and it does help to calm me down, if I am getting stressed out about something. Glad that you are getting help, hugs Iris.
        Today and every day you are loved, so don't be anxious about tomorrow, God will take care of you tomorrow; Live one day at a time.

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        • #5
          Do you folks do hyponosis alone (self relaxation) or does someone walk you through it? He says he'll eventually figure out the best way to work with me and make me a tape to listen to when the pain is awful.

          busy, busy, busy, I'm more busy now than I was when I was working because of doctor's, PT, counselors, disabililty, appointments, etc..

          Tracey
          I.C. DX'd following my "second hysterectomy" (the remaining ovary, that kept bursting and bleeding 2 years after my hyster/right oompherectomy, was removed in 2003. I was a special ed teacher. I am now very lost, and feeling rather hopeless in my life.

          Medications I CURRENTLY take:
          90 mgs Ms contin (45 mgs Am/PM)
          Percocet as needed
          Topomax 100mg day
          Ambien 10 mg bed
          desipramine 25 mgs




          If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.
          Albert Einstein

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          • #6
            hi Tracey,
            I used self hypnosis for childbirth and found it very effective. It basically requires practice and then you can get very good at it. I always used a tape, and that helps because you condition yourself to relax. It is helpful with pain as tensing does make it worse (although its impossible not to tense against severe pain, my pain doc calls it "guarding").
            Cath
            One day at a time

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            • #7
              In my quest to deal with my pain ,I located a psychoterapist.. certified in hypnosis. He taught me to go a calming place in my mind and use nature's sounds to accomplish this. When DH comes in to the bedroom and hears the surf tape he leaves me to my self healing.

              Em
              "I can be changed by what happens to me
              But I refuse to be reduced by it" ~Maya Angelou

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              • #8
                that is great you have found something that helps some. please keep us updated on how you are doing.
                Medicine taken daily or as needed:
                1. Heaprin and Marcaine rescue installment 1 to 3x daily as needed.
                2. MS.Cotin 100mg 3x daily
                3. MSIR 30mg 1 or 2 every 4-6hrs as needed for breakthrew pain.
                4. Fentanyl 100 mg Change every 48hrs.
                5. Gentamicin 80mg install after each rescue treatment
                5 Leviquin 500mg self start as needed.
                6. Klonopin 1 or 2 daily as needed.
                7. Prosed/DS as 1 every 6hrs as needed.





                I have IC, but IC doesn't have me anymore!

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                • #9
                  I also do self-hypnosis. My pain management therapist taught me how to do it and once a week for now we are practicing in his office. He makes a tape, I bring it home, and work on the concentration technique. It certainly makes me calmer, as for pain control, we have yet to see results.

                  Good luck.
                  Mommy to 2 crazy, wonderful kids and wife to the most amazing man in the world!

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                  • #10
                    Sometimes I think the calmer does help with the pain...the more wound up I get up, the more anxious I get, as I've said before, our pelvic flooors are the first to tighten when we are upset or anxious.So...there you are...all we all need to do is think about waterfalls...err, well maybe not that, howaabout the Rose my counselor used?

                    seriously, Iknow it won't fix me, but I am looking for "tools" to put in my "toolbox". If I can use these to keep the pain at a 5-6, then I don't need to worry too much aboout more meds. I would expect to be throwing a tantrum much higher than that...(and I have done) I just don't want to up my morphine any further.

                    Tracey
                    I.C. DX'd following my "second hysterectomy" (the remaining ovary, that kept bursting and bleeding 2 years after my hyster/right oompherectomy, was removed in 2003. I was a special ed teacher. I am now very lost, and feeling rather hopeless in my life.

                    Medications I CURRENTLY take:
                    90 mgs Ms contin (45 mgs Am/PM)
                    Percocet as needed
                    Topomax 100mg day
                    Ambien 10 mg bed
                    desipramine 25 mgs




                    If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.
                    Albert Einstein

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                    • #11
                      I have been doing self-relaxation/meditation on my own. That is generally how I get rid of my headaches and other body aches. I have my husband doing it now to help with his migraines. He was actually surprised at how well it has helped him.

                      Cali
                      Cali

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