My husband is a logical guy. He started out to be an engineer but he ended up a lawyer in one of the driest areas ever: bank regulatory law. I mean, Zzzzzz. To me. I’m not even sure he understands what New Age means. But when he was told he had to have surgery that would mean a painful recovery, I knew I had to step in. I’m a hypnotherapist now, and one of the things I do is help people with pain relief. Fortunately, he agreed. His post-surgical pain results exceeded even MY expectations. But let Michael tell you, himself. He’s got the floor.
Ok, I always thought alternative treatments were, well, woo-woo .
Love me some pain meds
But as far as medicine was concerned, if I was in pain, I wanted pain meds and lots of them—no chants , no meditation, just drugs. My threshold for pain is pretty low and I just didn’t want to feel it. No, strong pain meds were the ticket.
So when my doctor said I needed to have a three-hour thoracic surgery during which they’d collapse my lung to get at a pesky mass in a troublesome, confined space near my heart, I wanted pain meds. He told me it would be a painful procedure and I’d require lots of pain meds. I was good with that. Or so I thought.
When the need for the surgery arose, Carol was finishing her last semester of a graduate program in Integrated Imagery, a method of hypnosis that can be applied in many different ways, including to the management of pain. In fact, she was in the final stages of putting together guided imagery for healing hypnosis audio recordings for her new business. She suggested hypnosis might help relieve my anxiety before surgery and might also help me manage pain after–and also the outcome.
Nothing to lose
I’d already let her hypnotize me in her first semester for a past life regression, so the process held no fear. I trusted her completely. I figured I had nothing to lose.
The week before surgery I began listening to her Guided Imagery for Anxiety audio recording, HERE. It was extremely relaxing and significantly eased my anxiety about surgery. I listened to it every day, at least once. As I got closer to surgery, she made me a custom audio specific to my surgery and my pain. It also mentioned the outcome of my surgery. I listened to that daily, as well and in fact, I listened to it just before surgery. (Custom audio info HERE.)
When I awakened in the recovery unit at Stanford, my pain level was super-high. Carol says I looked like I was going to kill someone, namely the surgeon, for putting me through this. The button for a dilaudid pump was in my hand and I pushed it as needed the first two hours. When I was conscious enough to think, I stopped pushing the button and got the nurse to put my phone to my ear so I could listen to her post-surgical recording. As I did, I began doing the pain relief exercises she taught me. Her voice on the recording was in my head even when I wasn’t listening to the audio as I used the imagery to relieve pain. To my surprise, I became pain free. Completely pain free.
The patient in the next cubicle had the same surgery with the same surgeon. He was at least 30 years younger than I but he looked in bad shape. He told the nurses he had a lot of pain level –that is, when he could speak. He looked terrible. I, on the other hand, used my visualizations and remained pain-free.
Some 24 hours post-surgery, my two-foot chest tube was removed. I was told it would be painful for a few moments as the tube came out. I began using visualization. I watched this long, bloody piece of plastic come out of my chest.There was no pain. And they told me I could go home–26 hours after my surgery.
“But I don’t need it!”
My doctor came in a few minutes later and said he’d be sending me home with an Rx for oxycodone .”But I have no pain!” I told him. He shook his head.
“Most patients take oxy for at least a week after surgery, so don’t hesitate to take them,” he said.
As I write this, I have been home for a full week, and the full bottle of oxycodone is still in my nightstand drawer. During the first two days home, I listened to Carol’s tape, just in case any pain might arise. After that nothing. UPDATE: My doctor released me from his care two weeks after surgery–something he said he has never done before. “You’re healing nicely, no reason to return,” he said.
A good hypnotherapist can help patients manage pain. I know that for a fact since it one helped me remain pain free. Now, I’m a believer. And I think it helped me with my great outcome.
The mind is a powerful thing. It just makes sense to use it to help with healing. Oh and by the way, I got my biopsy results. Benign.
If you’ve got a pain issue or any medical issue, I recommend you take a look at the supportive products and services Carol has to offer. You find them at her new website, A Healing Spirit, HERE. If you want to know more about my own experience, email Carol@ahealingspirit.org and she’ll put us in touch.
Wow!the mind really is a powerful thing. The most powerful if i can say so myself. The healing experience was great
Wow. Just wow. I need this. Living with pain now. Thanks Carol and your hubs. ♥️
I agree, Mind is too Powerful when it comes to healing.It can help your pain relieve faster.
I don’t believe in hypnosis, but I refuse to take pain meds, either. Even after my c-section they pushed perks on me HARD and no way.
There’s an increasing body of solid medical research that indicates the benefits of hypnosis and attitude on healing and on pain relief that is hard to ignore. There’s even something called Hypnobabies–I have a friend who had both her babies this way pain free. Of course, if you don’t believe it’ll work, it won’t. The power of the mind is amazing.
Oh wow. That is amazing! I have never been comfortable with taking heavy pain meds, so I love this idea.
That’s a unique take on pain management. I would definitely give it a try. Those hardcore pain med are super addictive!
I am SO bookmarking this! I am terrified of opioid pain relievers. They are so addictive, and that’s super scary.
I only take pain meds if I really need them. Otherwise I do try the mind over matter thinking and it usually works!
I find this testimonial particularly impressive for a couple of reasons. Despite his impressive academic & professional success, I know your husband can have the attention span of a gnat. I know this because he’s my older brother, so I’ve known literally known him all my life. Also, to say he was skeptical is a world class understatement. Given the two, if it worked on him, you must be on to something. Go girl!
Richard! What a surprise! How nice to see you here and to hear you describe your brother exactly as he is!!
How wonderful on all outcomes of a very invasive surgery! Carol, the prep, your pre-op routine, you had him on was one of the reasons his outcome was so successfully painless as well as the whole program administered? I love that he asked for the nurse to hold his phone to his ear!
He says it was THE reason. Because the same surgery, same surgeon on the other guy didn’t have that same result.
Harnessing the power of the mind is incredible.
I saw an ad on a TV where an ostrich flew because it believed it could.
The power of the mind.
Wonderful to have someone who can lead the way!
P.S. so glad you are well on the way to healing!
Great post to read, very informative and I’m sure many people will find it super helpful!
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I am lucky I have never had to be faced with severe pain or surgery that was difficult to recover from. My C-section was tough but I used very little pain medication. I will keep this post in mind if any one in our family has a painful situation to overcome.
Wow! Such a great recommendation from one of your most “difficult” clients–hahaha…sometimes those who know us the most and the closest are the most difficult to see us in a new light. Good for you for giving it a try and allowing it to provide you with the ideas and consciousness necessary to get through that challenging experience. I can be sure that if I am facing surgery in the future I will definitely get me one of those tapes too! ~Kathy
That is so amazing. The mind is powerful. Love that this worked for you
What a powerful testimonial! The mind is simply amazing, and we have only begun to harness its potential in health and healing. Thanks for helping to lead the way, Carol!
This is quite the testimony! Those drugs have such yucky side affects. Happy to share this! How great!!
I couldn’t agree more. I began using them a couple of weeks ago to manage my RA pain and it has worked fabulously. No pain medication needed or wanted. At first, I would have called it “Woo-Woo” and if it had come from somebody besides Carol I probably wouldn’t have tried it. I trust Carol explicitly and knew she would never put out anything that wasn’t 100% what she says it is. If I could use one word (and that’s damn near impossible) to describe Carol it would be “truth-teller”. Always, no exceptions!
What a wonderful testimonial. I believe 100% and I will definitely be using Carol’s audio before my next surgery.
The mind is a powerful thing and opioids are ruining people’s lives. I think the choice is pretty clear! I’m so happy you have put this all together, Carol. So many need it!
It’s awesome that Michael was willing to try something new. It’s even better that it ended up working so well!
What a wonderful testimonial for your hypnotherapy! It’s very powerful. Congratulations.So glad he was open to it.
I’ve never tried hypnosis, not sure I’d want to do that. I definitely have a low pain tolerance so meds would be my choice.
This is an amazing story & one that I hope gets heard around the world. Doctors are prescribing way to many potent drugs that people then get addicted to. Tips for any future surgery – you don’t have to fill the entire prescription. I filled 3 days of my prescription and then only took 1 pill … so I wasted a lot fewer pills. I can’t take credit though as my girlfriend did this after a lumpectomy, while all I had was a sprained ankle.
Wow! My husband has peripheral neuropathy (20 yearsnow) and NOTHING works for the pain. A year of being spaced out on oxy nearly did us in… with no impact on his pain. I will check out Carol’s site!
Nice post! Thanks!
That is great testimony! I will have to check this out. I have never heard of this and it sounds interesting. I am happy it worked for you.
I have heard about hypnotherapy before but it’s never been on my radar. Sounds like it really worked out!
I have always wanted to try hypnotherapy as I have a lot of unresolved issues that still need dealing with although I am trying. I love that he was able to go through surgery and post treatment without pain, that is pretty incredible!
What an incredible story! I knew the mind was powerful .. but wow! I’ve always been curious about hypnotherapy and may have to give it a try.
Okay, that is an AMAZING story. It is astonishing what the mind can do for (or to) the body. I love the idea of alternative treatments, and what you’re doing for people is incredible, Carol.
What a powerful testimony!! I can think of so many situations where this would be helpful. Like delivering my first child coming up that I’m pretty scared of! I’ll have to check some of these links out.
I would rather prefer natural ways to heal more than heavy dose medicines.
It’s great to read about stories like these because you don’t run into them often. I don’t know anyone personally that did hypnotherapy but it’s good to hear your end of the tale! Very interesting, indeed!
I just recently had a surgery where they wanted me to have heavy pain meds but I hated it so I went without. I think healed faster without them and I was able to do it with just the strength of thinking.Great story. The mind is amazing!
Its sounds good and interesting! I might need this kind of pain meds. SO awesome!
Wow!I really like the paragraph “Nothing to loose” and the mind most powerful thing. The only thing is how can you use it without too much disturbing it.
I’m not sure if my grandmother would be open to this idea of hypnosis, but if this could help alleviate the pain in her lower back – which she has been complaining of for years now – then I would want her to give it a try. She undergoes therapy every week, but it only eases the pain temporarily. It would be nice if the pain would go away completely and never return. 🙂
Thank you for your post. i’m sorry that your husband had to go through something like that. A friend of mine suffers from certain condition and is in constant pain. He did so many examinations and took so much drugs, but nothing helped. He tried some alternative techniques a kind of autosuggestion, and he has some results. He tried cannabis oil but its to expensive to find some here.
I agree, the mind IS a powerful thing! I am so happy that he didn’t take the pain meds, they are what got me in trouble for so many years of my life.
Glad to hear everything is healing nicely!
This is really interesting! I never heard the same experience before but it sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing your story!!
First I am so happy for all the readers and all the comments! That is incredible for so many to hear about M’s success with your tools. As we tap into the mind and what it can really do more people will be open to it. Until a few years ago I would have been skeptical, but now I know there are tools provided to help us through the healing times that have nothing to do with medication. The side effects of your therapy opposed to the side effects of opioids? It’s a no brainer, right? Yet so many are closed to the possibilities. My love to you…and so happy, happy, happy for M
It is really amazing to think what the mind can do to heal the body. I have always been a little leery of pain meds. I have heard too many horror stories of people getting addicted to them to want to take them. Hpynotherapy may be the way to go for me.
Wow I so believe your mind controls it all. I know so many people that would benefit from hypnosis!
This is an awesome testimonial and story! I was right there with you the whole time!
Amazing testimonial. This is an eye opener for people who don’t believe the power of their mind. I think you did a great job as well.
Agree that the mind is powerful. I’ve tried pain management hypnosis by professional and it have to say that it does help minimize the pain.
Very interesting. I really think the brain has so much power, and we just don’t know how to tap into it. I have been thinking about delivering my baby naturally, and I think hypnosis like this would really help. Very fascinating!
I have to check on this. My husband has pain in his lower back. There are days when his medications don’t work. That is what worries me a lot. I think it is about time we sought alternative ways to manage his pain.Maybe hypnosis would be the best option.
Ive never heard of hypnotherapy for pain, something for me to read up about. So glad it worked for your husband im sure it would help many others to! Thankyou for sharing x
I can relate to you on some levels… I’ve had so many procedures done to me I’ve lost count. I’ve been in an extreme amount of pain and everything else that goes with health problems.I was put on different powerful pain meds that are known to be very addictive. However, I have never been hypnotized… I’ll have to keep that in mind! (how amazing that is!)
It’s amazing how much our minds can shield us from things when we want it to. It’s a good thing you were open minded to give it a shot. You never know when something new will help you out.
My husband has RA and he lives with pain. Although he is not a whiner, I know he is uncomfortable. He is taking medications for it, although it is the non-narcotic kinds. We’ve tried accupuncture too, but it only lasted for a few days. I have to check out your methods too. Anything to avoid having any invasive procedure or to resort to narcotic pain relievers!
We are open to try alternative medicine relieve pain. We have not tried hypnotherapy before but I have read about how it worked for some people. I would rather go this route than to pop a pill every hour! Happy to know your husband was able to benefit from this.
I believe in the power of the mind to control one’s emotions. I’ve heard of guided imagery to help heal anxiety. Very interesting.
This is very interesting information! I guess I didn’t realize that this could be used for pain as well.
What an inspirational post! I’d love to read more about the pain relief exercises. My husband is struggling with back pains and I think these exercises might help him too.
Although I hate the idea of taking pain meds! I had instances where I had to! I hait had some side effects!
How absolutely wonderful!! I’m so very happy you found a way to be and remain pain free.
This is amazing! The mind is truly a powerful thing. I’m happy that you were able to control your pain in a different way.
This is such an interesting post! I know people use hypnotherapy for many things, but I would have never thought about using it for pain as well. I might have to recommend this to some of my family members! Though medicine may be needed for some things, it’s amazing to see how great the power of our minds can be!
After giving birth to our kids, I was asked if I wanted to be on oxy. Honestly, I turned it down because I know people who have taken it on a regular basis and depend on it for daily activities.
I really need this kind of meds! I am glad to hear that your husband is feeling well now.
The worst pain I’d ever experienced was after uterine fibroid surgery. When I woke up I was convinced the surgeon had cut off both my legs because that was the only thing that could hurt so badly. I couldn’t even talk.
That’s fanastic! Very happy for you that you’re pain free! It’s important to remember that different things work for different people though. It never hurts to try a different, non-rx treatment though!
Wow I didnt know hypnosis could aid in removing pain all together. Surgery can be a scary thing but its amazing with the hypnosis recordings you were able to leave the hospital pain free the power of the mind!
That was me when I got my root canal, they gave me some serious prescription pain meds that I never took. I like to tough it out but I guess they rather be safe.
I know if I was in pain following surgery I would also be reluctant to give up pain medicine. This is truly amazing to read about and goes to show that our minds can do so much to help us even when faced with physical difficulties.
Wow! This is super interesting. I will definitely be looking into this more.
Great testimonial. There is so much untapped pain relief from alternative modalities, it is a crying shame western medicine has not tapped into them more. Instead, they’ve created a drug addicted society! Cheers to you and your pain free recovery!
Hypnotism is a dramatically underestimated practice. I experienced a form of hypnotism to overcome the PTSD over my grief when I was in my early 20’s and I left that session feeling so incredibly weightless. I suggested it to a few other friends dealing with PTSD and they did not come out with the same results, and that has always perplexed me. Perhaps it was their doc, perhaps it was their mindset going in, and perhaps everyone is just wired differently?
I’m a strong believer in it, though sometimes I worry the amount that my mind may not be able to communicate something quite necessary to survival if it is over used, but that just may be a personal imaginary problem. 😉
Wow, wow, holy wow!What a testimonial and I’m so happy for the great outcome all the way around.
This is so amazing! I definitely believe alternative therapies are worthwhile. You can’t ask for a better testimonial than this!
Wow!! That is incredible. I needed to be hypnotized just reading all that you experienced. What an amazing thing!!!
That is amazing! I love it when we can convince a non-believer to try something that they question. I convinced my husband to try floating and he did it to humor me. When he came out of the float tank he was amazed to find that he was pain-free and that the feeling last for more than 24 hours.
It’s amazing how powerful our minds are. This sounds like an interesting service to check out.
That’s interesting! I’ve never had hypnotherapy but always been interested in whether it can work. I’m not actually much of one for pain medication either, unless absolutely vital – I think if there are other methods that can be effective that is great.
Great read. Thanks for all the work you put in!