Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Pain
Hello. I’m a fellow traveler on the pain journey. My two biggest issues are fibromyalgia and migraine with neck pain. Sjögren’s, Raynaud’s, GERD, and osteopenia are also on my list along with the anxiety these things trigger.
Recently my doctor had me go to a class for dealing with chronic pain. The textbook offered quite a few hints for getting my mind off my pain and onto more positive things. I have been practicing as many as I can: gratitude, relaxation, mindfulness, self talk, visualization, music, staying busy, and helping others. These things have made a difference in the amount of pain medicine I am taking. (I can only take Tylenol.).
My doctor thinks I am a good candidate for cognitive behavioral therapy for chronic pain. He said that it would require multiple therapy sessions each week for a few weeks and then just occasional check-ins. Having majored in psychology I tend to believe in the power of the mind to learn new responses to pain stimuli.
Can anyone speak about this from experience? I would like to hear some success stories. By that I mean that it brought your pain to a point where it did not rule your life. I’m not expecting a miracle, just some positive change.
By the way, I’m 71 year old retired science and math teacher. I still sub occasionally. I do yoga, exercise class, Zumba gold dance class, play pickle ball, use an elliptical machine and recumbent stationary bike, and walk our dog. I try to just keep going even though a lot of things hurt.
Thanks for any input you can give me. El