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Mayo has a twelve week cognitive behavior class designed to help people with chronic pain issues. The class meets once a week for an hour and a half. I will soon be starting this class and would welcome advice from other members !
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Gosh it would be wonderful if Mayo Clinic could put a web version of this class online. A distance based learning tool could reach folks like me who don’t live close enough to attend these programs. I will be watching to see any tips that @lauriedr, @medic7054 and @dawn_giacabazi share of what they learned.
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That is good information I didn’t have before. Thanks @medic7054
I would love to hear your experience with this and find out if it has helped you.
I am also struggling with the 3 week program. I know you must be committed to helping yourself but cost of lodging, etc as i live a distance away. Also the physical demands of 5 days a week all day. I cant hardly make it all day without laying down as pain becomes overwhelming. I can hardly comprehend doing it 5 days a week for 5 days. Also transportation to and from lodging. Is there parking close? I do gave an electric scooter. Ive also read about a pre evaluation to determine if you are accepted into the program. What does that entail?
I hear your concerns and wonder the same thing about this course. I guess if you have good insurance and are well enough to make it through a whole day. Maybe they don’t want the real bad ones?
Has anyone gone to the Mayo Clinic Pain Rehabilitation Center for the multi week program? Is it worth it?
Hello @grandmar, thank you for asking the community about the pain rehab program at Mayo Clinic. You may notice that I moved your discussion in to an existing discussion called, “cognitive behavior class.” I did this because it has many members that have experienced and gone through the program that you ask about.
@lynettegable, @medic7054, and @lauriedr, all discussed their experiences with the course, so if you are replying by email, I recommend clicking on VIEW & REPLY so that you will be brought to the full discussion to read through. Do you have a specific question you would like to ask the group about the program?
I would like to invite members @dawn_giacabazi, @lynettegable, @medic7054, and @lauriedr, who have discussed going through the pain rehabilitation center at Mayo Clinic, which includes cognitive behaviors for chronic pain. They can share their experience in the pain rehabilitation program.
@AlwaysHopeful, would you mind telling the other members a bit more about what the cognitive behavior class is and offers as you prepare to take the 12 week course?
Thank you for the information. I am actually interested in the 3 week program. I live way too far to go weekly. I assume when you take this 3 week course, you have to get your own housing????? Meals???? Glad it works. I am certainly going to look into it more thoroughly.
My experience was amazing and trust me when I say, you will learn many life skills and other techniques to help manage your pain. No need to worry about sitting in one spot for very long because your day is filled with many appointments. Here is a link that will help explain.
Here is the link to the therapy group:
Here is the Pain Rehabilitation Center:
The primary goal of the Pain Rehabilitation Center is to restore functioning
and improve quality of life for persons suffering with chronic pain. The
program emphasizes the discontinuation of opioid medication for the
treatment of chronic non-cancer pain and the return to a fulfilling lifestyle.
Other important goals include:
• Return to regular daily activities
• Increase physical strength, stamina and flexibility
• Reduce use of pain medications
• Minimize pain behaviors
• Learn stress management techniques
• Return to gainful employment
• Resume leisure and recreational activities
• Improve interpersonal relationships
• Reduce reliance on health-care professionals, with improved ability to self-
manage chronic pain
The tools and coping techniques you learn will effect your everyday life for the remainder of your life. Really is a life changing experience. I highly recommend for anyone who is dealing with pain that effects your activities of daily living.
Thx for sharing. Your info was very informative!
@grandmar, If you are wondering about meals, housing, and other things to do why you are in Rochester or another Mayo Clinic campus, I suggest checking out the Visiting Mayo Clinic group, https://connect.mayoclinic.org/group/traveling-to-mayo-clinic-minnesota/.
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Thank you for the information. My plan is to go to the Jacksonville facility since it is closest to my home. I am assuming they offer the same services.
I haven’t gone through Mayos 3 week course. Ive been working on weight reduction as am afraid physically I wont be able to do the program. With my physical limitations i know weight loss will really help. I would live to hear more from others about their experience as I am still aprehensive. My plan is to schedule for fall
Losing weight is a great idea, as it really does take off the pressures on your joints. I had weight loss surgery last year and I’ve lost 90 pounds. The pain in my knees are gone. I am assuming that my other issues would be worse if I hadn’t lost the weight.
Good for you and keep it up!
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Typically weight is not an issue. A mess up with thyroid med resulted in 20 lbs of extra weight. Now, try to get it back off…grrrr.
@sandytoes14 Nor do I live close enough. It seems the medical system here is so archaic. I do what I can. I eat only whole foods and avoid refined foods. Will admit there are times I want to eat like others in order to have some social contact. Not worth thus. CBT is helpful. Unfortunately the therapist I have worked with for a while is out of suggestions. Misanthrope, no hope.
My pain doc suggested CBT and a therapist. He is wonderful, but he really hasn’t been able to help me as far as managing my pain. He has helped me with other issues. It’s been a while since I’ve seen him. I am thinking about going back because this current situation and pain, as well as my pain doc telling me about how i have to ‘live’ my life, I am getting depressed. I guess I need to make a phone call.
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That stinks. I have been on thyroid meds for years. I really don’t know how much it really works?????
@grandmar I do not recommend not taking thyroid medication. My thyroid does not produce any hormone. I went off of it once because I knew the doctor had the numbers wrong. I highly “do not” recommend doing thus.
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