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Managing Fibromyalgia: Make a Lasting Change


I am more than tired. I am bone weary.

I look fine. Nobody believes me when I say that I'm sick.

Just when I think I've figured out what's wrong, something else pops up.

I've been diagnosed with fibromyalgia.

Can hypnosis help me?

What is fibromyalgia?

The word means "pain in the muscles and the fibrous connective tissues, in other words, the ligaments and tendons." It is often confusing and misunderstood because so many of the symptoms may appear in other conditions. Fibromyalgia causes pain and stiffness that can sometimes be quite severe. The muscles can become very weary, especially those which hold up the spine.

Fibromyalgia affects about two percent of the US population, some five million people. Many go through complicated and repeated evaluations before they are diagnosed because the description of pain is so general and often similar to other disorders.

What are some common signs of fibromyalgia?

If you have fibromyalgia, you may be experiencing pain throughout your body that may change places and depend upon the time of day or the weather. It may feel like a very persistent flu or like being bruised all over. You probably have specific tender points on your body, something that separates fibromyalgia from other conditions. Some people report problems with sleep or mood swings, or have trouble concentrating.

How can hypnosis help the pain I experience?

Hypnosis can help you learn to manage your pain. It can keep you motivated to do the exercises needed for flexibility and movement. Hypnosis can support the nutrition that supplies what the body needs for better defense. It can help you function for longer periods of time without the discomfort you have experienced in the past. The unconscious mind handles the automatic body functions and hypnosis can encourage those systems to operate at their best.

I'm exhausted without enough sleep. Can hypnosis help me to sleep better?

Sleep deprivation or interruption becomes a vicious cycle. Hypnosis can help train your body to relax. You'll learn to breathe more deeply. You can train your muscles, ligaments and tendons to "let go" for awhile so you can go to sleep more easily, and once asleep, sleep more soundly. Hypnosis can also help you go back to sleep if you are awakened for any reason.

Sometimes I'm so discouraged I can't move. How can hypnosis help me?

A chronic illness takes its toll not only on the body, but also on the mind and spirit. Caring for the body is often such a major task that the mind is overwhelmed. Anxiety, discouragement and depression are common consequences of dealing with chronic pain. Hypnosis can work to counteract the negativism and anxiety that build up so easily. Working in a relaxed and receptive state, the positive suggestions given in hypnosis can become automatic in your thinking and doing.

Can I use hypnosis and regular medical care together?

Yes. Hypnotherapy does not take the place of qualified medical care. Hypnotherapy can help alleviate painful symptoms and help your body to work at its best. You can become more relaxed through the day and thus be better able to focus and concentrate. Your experience of life can be enhanced.

"Within a month I was free from pain and felt an exuberance and excitement about life." (Educator)






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