Thoughts on hypnotherapy

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I was just wondering whether anyone out there has tried hypnotherapy and if so what your experiences are.  I've been suffering for over 40 years (49 at present) and have tried everything, conventional medicine, including prophylaxis drugs and complimentary, nothing works and I really am getting desperate, they seem to be getting more frequent the older I get.  On average I get about 12/15 attacks a month, I take eletriptan for the pain relief but am limited to the amount I can take a month, (recommended maximum is 10).

My mother had hypnotherapy years ago and I know it worked with her at first, but then she let it lapse and I don't know why she didn't continue.

Any thoughts would be greatley appreciated



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    Hi, though I haven't tried hypnotherapy I have tried and been successful with biofeedback (which I suspect is similar to hypnotherapy). The premise behind biofeedback is relaxation to the point of pain relief. After a few sessions, I was able to slow my heartbeat, warm my skin, slow my breathing etc. Unfortunately for me, even though I was successful with the biofeedback, I wasn't able to eliminate or even reduce my migraine pain.

    Also, commenting on your remarks regarding the frequency of your migraines, you are likely right about getting them more often. I am 57 and have had migraines for over 30 years. Since 4/5/2010 I have had one continuous headache. I wake-up with it and it is with me all day everyday. According to my headache specialist, it appears to be the general progression for a number of migraine sufferers. The only differences I experience are the location in my head and the intensity. When my migraine became constant the pain (on the 1 to 10 pain scale) ranged from 5 on a good day to 10 on a bad one. As years have passed, the pain only ranges from 8 to 10. I spend my days in bed in a room with blackout shades. I currently take 56mg of Dilaudid each day. My pain management doctor is currently testing me for which medication we will use in a pain pump which will be implanted.

    Sorry I couldn't answer your question exactly but I hope the info I shared was helpful. Hope you find some relief and God bless.

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      Thank you for your reply, I must admit I have never heard of biofeedback, but I'll check it out though.

      Can't say I'm looking forward to the future if what you say happens to me.  I don't have a continous headache, thankfully, but when I get one the triptan always gets rid of it, but then it'll come back the next day, sometimes it can be 8-10 days on the trot and then sometimes I can go 3 weeks without a single pain, that's why it's so difficult treating it and trying to fathom out the causes.  I've woken up the last 3 nights about 4am with the pain and last night was particularily bad, I just sat up at the side of the bed holding my head, my hubby wondered what on earth was wrong!!!  It went after a couple of hours, thankfully just in time for me to get up to work, but I'm dreading tonight.

      You certainly sound a lot worse than me and I feel for you, I hope the pump works and gives you some pain free time, sounds like you need it??

      Thanks again x

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    Yorkielass, by all means check into the biofeedback. If after a few sessions you can do it on your own (and it helps) you'll be set because by that time it doesn't require any equipment and you can do it anyplace you can find some quiet. You should also check out Botox. It helped me for a relatively short period of time. (This was the case with everything that helped. After 3 months or so the medication would have to be doubled or dropped. But that's just me.) You should also consider getting your diath (pronounced doth like moth) pierced. I had mine done yesterday. There hasn't been any help/change yet but I don't know how long it takes to help if it's going to. According to the research I did prior and what the piercer said, a large number of people have found relief that way. If it doesn't work for me at least it will be cute when I can change earrings in 6 weeks or so. Hope this has given you a few more ideas and some hope. God bless. 


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      Hi Hamneggy

      I'll definitely have a look at the biofeedback.  Not sure about botox, that worries me a bit, but I have seriously considered the piercing aswell, heard different reports of success, but I already have my ears pierced twice so an extra wouldn't go amiss.

      Thank you x

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    Hi Yorkie, I tried mind mappig, with a therapist, on that day, I had no migraine, I was today in England watching Trust me I'm a Dr, covers Hypnotheraphy and Chronic pain, may help to watch that, I only watched the end part.

    I've alway's suffered migraines, since April 2014, became Chronic

    Good luck

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