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Coping with Pain

Pain Control - Hypnotherapy in Cambridge

Hypnotherapy can work in several ways to help the sufferer cope with pain.

Hypnotherapy can allow the patient to focus on the point or area of pain while simultaneously learning to relax and take control of the pain.  In a relatively short time the point of pain can become defocused.

Hypnotherapy can be used to move the pain outside of the physical body, to be left on its own isolated and not part of the body.

Hypnotherapy can very simply teach the patient to relax.  Reducing the anxiety level increases the pain threshold.

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Coping with any sort of pain, short or long term, however trivial or serious can be helped in a relatively short time with hypnotherapy.  

Can Anxiety Or Depression Cause Pain?
No, but these feelings can make the pain seem worse. People often have an emotional reaction to pain. You may feel worried, depressed, or easily discouraged when you are in pain. Some people feel hopeless or helpless. Others feel alone or embarrassed, inadequate or angry, frightened or frantic. People with pain have many reasons for feeling anxious or depressed even when they are not in pain.

No two sufferers are alike, so each case has to be assessed in depth before a therapy can be decided upon.  However, pain causes anxiety, and anxious patients are shown to cope less well with pain. 

Pain is made worse by worry and fear of death, suffering, deformity, financial disability or isolation. The onset of pain or a new pain may trigger fears about the spread of the disease or of impending death. All these fears can be magnified when a kind of spiritual pain accompanies the fear. This might be triggered by surroundings, low levels of emotional support or feelings of loneliness and desperation. How one approaches the problems of life makes a big difference to the perception of pain. Also, whether pain is adequately controlled makes a big difference.

What is involved.

Each session of pain control includes calming and relaxation strategies and tools, such as self hypnosis, for the patient to go away with.

Hypnotherapy can be used to allow the patient to cope more effectively with the debilitating effect of pains, back or joint, long or short term.  Relief for 1 -2 hours per day is all that some patients require.  Others want to be able to put the pain out of their mind and go about their normal lives.  Hypnotherapy gives that opportunity.


Some of the Effects of Pain
Symptoms accompanying your pain: nausea, headache, dizziness, weakness, drowsiness, constipation, diarrhoea, perspiration.

Emotional effects: anger, depression, crying, mood swings, irritability, suicidal feelings.

Lifestyle changes: work, recreation, interpersonal relationships, ability to get around, self-care activities.

You can rate how much pain you are feeling by using a pain scale like the one below. Try to assign a number from 0 to 10 to your pain level. If you have no pain, use a 0. A 10 means the pain is as bad as it can be. As the numbers get larger, they stand for pain that is gradually getting worse. You may wish to make up your own pain scale using numbers from 0 to 10 or even 0 to 100. Be sure to let others know what pain scale you are using: for example, "My pain is a 7 on a scale of 0 to 10." You can use a rating scale to answer:

  • How bad is your pain at its worst?
  • How bad is your pain most of the time?
  • How bad is your pain at its least?
  • How does your pain change with treatment?


How Can I Remember All the Details About the Pain I Have, and What I Do To Relieve It?
You may find it helpful to keep a record or a diary about your pain and what you try for pain relief. The record helps you and those who are caring for you understand more about your pain, the effects it has on you, and what works best to ease your pain. Items that should be included are:

  • The number from your rating scale that describes your pain before and after using a pain-relief measure.
  • The time you take pain medicine.
  • Any activity that seems to be affected by the pain or that increases or decreases the pain.
  • Any activity that you cannot do because of the pain.
  • The name of the pain medicine you take and the dose.
  • How long the pain medicine works.
  • Any pain relief methods other than medicine you use such as rest, relaxation techniques, distraction, skin stimulation, or imagery.





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