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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy....anyone???

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,321
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:24 AM in Alternative Treatments
Hi Guys and Gals,

My case worker recently suggested i seek help from a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist to help me deal and understand my pain, although i've been dealing with it every day for over 3 years now i felt it was a little bit late but hey ho. I spoke with two specialists who have been working along side me for the duration of my back problem and they feel i do not really need such treatment as i am not depressed, obviously i get down when i've had a long bout of really bad pain but im only human, but if it keeps work off my back then i should give it a try at least, which i have no problem in doing. I was just wondering if anyone had had any CBT treatment or similar therapy to help them, and more importantly has it worked?




  • ...through a residential pain clinic last year; basically, it's reinforcing what NOT to think and do when you're in pain. Learning how to deal with negative self talk, etc., is always a good thing, and I find that a reminder every now and then is good. Locally, we have short term programs such as Anxiety Management programs; so far I haven't been able to do that one, but we had a lot of group counselling and various exercises to deal with stress and/or chronic pain issues. I don't think you can EVER have too much of that!

    Funny enough, I use my skills every day in one way or another, so if you have the opportunity, I'd go for it.

    Good luck!

  • If I ever found myself stuck in a pattern of not being able to "turn the page" when my pain is really bad, I would seek it out. Right now, I am reading a book titled "Healing Back Pain Naturally - The Mind-Body Program Proven to Work" by Art Brownstein. A colleague of my husband got it for me.

    While my problem cannot be healed (permanent nerve damage), some of the ideas in the book are really helping. Many different meditative ideas, thought process ideas. It has really helped give me "more tools in my tool box" so to speak in dealing with this pain. Perhaps you could find this book at the library and check it out, or something similar to.

    Last week, I had a horrible horrible pain flare. I was almost beside myself and already doing Lamaze breathing to get through it! lol I remembered the book, found a few exercises and tried them. One was to imagine your pain comes in waves of clouds. Close your eyes and picture a room with no ceiling, just clouds above. Then visualize those pain clouds floating up and out of the room. Sounds hokey, but it really worked!! My docs have told me distraction is my greatest weapon (since my nerve burns 24 hours a day and never stops, just might get worse, but never a break). I probably wouldn't have purchased this book, but am so glad it was given to me.

    Let us know if you find anything else out about it, or if you try the behavior therapy.

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  • i've always found those to turn out to be priceless, compared to the idea I had in my mind, thinking they would be a waste of time.. I'm not going to label specific therapies I may have had, but they've worked, that's for sure.

  • Just a comment about Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Make sure that the therapist has a strong background in pain management therapy. Some are better than others.
  • I whole heartedly support good cognitive therapy. I use it on a daily basis on everything from pain to depression to anxiety. I also suggest anything that gets a person out of a negative loop in thinking..aromatherapy, meditation, mindfulness, etc. It's a lot of hard work, though, and oftentimes I think "this is too hard..to work in my head all day"..but in the long run, over the years, I have found cognitive therapy to be the tool that gets me through lots of rough times.
    Good luck
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  • I'd definitely recommend working with a psychologist with chronic pain patient experience if possible. I'd tried a generalist, and she had no clue what I go through.

    The chronic pain psychologist on the other hand helped me challenge all the negative thoughts I struggle with about not being able to do what I used to take for granted, being angry about the injury that caused my back problems, etc. E.g., when I complain I can't go running like I used to, he points out that at different times in our lives we enjoy different things based on where we find ourselves. Or when I can't sleep because of worrying about my health, I'm supposed to tell myself that I can think rationally about my health when I wake up, but now it's time for sleep and no more of those thoughts. It's not perfect, I still get frustrated every day, but it's another tool to use in dealing with the pain. Whereas before I was stuck in a cycle of negative thoughts.

    The guided imagery and relaxation techniques have helped, too. You probably could go on youtube and look for some examples to see if this is up your alley. I use these a lot when I'm trying to fall asleep.
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