From the perspective of a client
Having sought permission to publish this article in this format - as it is a little unusual, I felt it important to show the impact of hypnosis used for pain relief.
I am a hypnotherapist but I obviously can not necessarily work on myself. With that in mind, I am writing this from my perspective as a client.
In December 2015 I had a pain start up in my lower left abdomen, I was admitted to hospital with it and when they found no "Acute" or medical emergency such as twisted ovary or such. I was discharged and referred back to my GP.
It then became two long years of pain, painkillers and frustration.
I knew it had to be a physical problem as any movement from my leg towards my body made it worse, unfortunately as is the case so often in this day and age, my consultant assumed I was making it up!
Fast forward six months, I was already training to become a hypnotherapist. We did a session on pain control where we were asked to imagine a pool of healing water which we immersed ourselves in to the neck. It worked a treat, completely switching off my pain. I thought I was cured! But it turned out to be a very good lesson for me as a hypnotherapist because of the wording in the script the effects wore off after a week, and because I had been doing everything I hadn't been able to do before I ended up in AGONY!
Fast forward another six months and I am doing a second course to complete my Clinical Hypnotherapist diploma, and my tutor gave me the control panel, effectively allowing me to "turn down pain" and since then have managed my pain pretty much without the help of medicine.
A month ago I had a second operation, during which they found a clip that had been used to sterilise me, embedded in my uterus! Obviously, this was the cause of my on going pain.
Here is the second lesson - hypnotherapy had controlled my pain to such good effect that my consultant said after surgery "I would have expected you to be presenting with much more pain than you did!"
This is why all pain needs to be diagnosed by your Doctor first- to make sure it isn't something serious, I was lucky I pushed for the surgery which they were reluctant to do. If I hadn't I may have ended up having to have a hysterectomy.Always listen to your body!
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About Karen Lee
Karen Lee has always had an interest in helping others help themselves, after two years online voluntary work in a group she set up herself, she is now a qualified hypnotherapist, EMDR specialist and is studying to achieve a BSc hons degree in psychology, looking to become a psychologist in the next few years.