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How to effectively relief Phantom Limb Pain?

Mar 4th 2020 at 12:47 AM

Having used hypnosis for the last 17 years to help my clients, I've experienced it all. You name it; fibromyalgia, diabetic neuropathy, arthritis, pain from cancer, bone pain, tendonitis, and pain from the phantom limbs. Having first witnessed the almost remarkable outcomes that could often be achieved through hypnosis, my enthusiasm for helping others get relief from pain became deep when I was the Senior Hospital Corpsman on the Oncology floor at the Naval Medical Centre.

When my fiancé had an amputation of her right leg below the knee, or a transtibial amputation, her phantom limb pain was almost instant. At that, she was having IV Dilaudid, a potent narcotic every two hours, and a large dosage. She got Hydrocodone, Valium and Flexeril too. Nothing touched it. None. I knew her personality all too well, as painful as it was and as frustrating as it was to see her in agony. When I tried to help her with hypnosis before she told me to, there would have been a part of her resisting me. I just waited.

After about two weeks and tears, and at times, screams and groans as she writhed in agony, sometimes for 2-3 hours at a time, she finally said "Why in the hell won't you help me?!" That was her way of saying "I'm ready for you now."

Lisa is a retired R.N. And she had worked as a labor and delivery nurse for several years, so she was familiar with how her future would look if it wasn't handled. 60 per cent-80 per cent of those who feel phantom limb pain with amputation. This continues for many years. A lifetime for some. She obviously didn't want this, and I didn't want it for her, or for us.

With a clear understanding of how the brain maps every square inch of the body, and how it gets confused about how to treat certain neural maps when the mapped body changes — as it does when a part of the body is amputated — I realized the brain was where to make the necessary changes.

She felt more of a decline in her phantom limb pain treatment during my first visit with her than she had from anything else. At times, opioids and other medications took off the edge but she was still in horrible pain. She personally felt a surge of confidence and self-control after the first hypnosis session. She was weeping but these were not pain tears. Those were relief tears. She had faith, and reason to believe that things would improve dramatically.

Potential sessions offered more relaxation, and a better life view. She's acquired a skill set more importantly. She has resources she knows she will be able to use for the rest of her life, and at the age of 39 she still has many good years left. There is a reason why hypnosis is accepted as a valuable tool for treating phantom limb pain by the National Institutes of Health: it works.

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