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Some Fibromyalgia Patients Find Relief From Hypnosis

By Lori Lyle

(LOUISVILLE, Dec. 20th, 2005) -- Using the mind to conquer challenging medical conditions is a technique more and more doctors are turning to when it comes to treating patients with chronic disorders like fibromyalgia. As WAVE 3's Lori Lyle reports, it seems to be working for some people.

Maria Giuliani lived with extreme pain and overwhelming fatigue for years. She says "fibromyalgia feels like the worst flu you ever had in life, only you wake like that every morning, and every day is
a struggle to do the simplest things."

Then her doctor at the fibromyalgia clinic suggested something unconventional: group hypnosis.

Dr. Keith Rafal says it works. "In my experience in hypnosis and group hypnosis, I've seen differences in a lot of patients in terms with issues with fatigue during the day, sleep, and even it's affect on pain."

Hypnotherapist Patrick Beau leads the weekly group, which starts out with patients being asked to visualize "nobody asking you for anything, a time when you're safe, comfortable."

Guiliani says she the sessions have brought her relief. "Five weeks ago, I walked into the class and when Patrick asked me how I felt and we did the different categories on every part of the body, my scores were between 8 and 10, meaning 10 being just about the worst pain you could suffer."

She was hoping for a miracle.

Bowe says unlocking the power of the mind is the key to the miracle Guiliani sought. "The body is really an extension of your mind and your feelings. My personal approach to the whole process is
that our minds and emotions control everything and that our bodies are just a reflection of our minds and emotions."

Patrick believes in self hypnosis.

Joan Toste is a graduate of his class. She had pain that traveled everywhere.

She'll flat out tell you the pain controlled her. That was before she joined the group hypnotherapy class.

"Each time we went you could see the relaxation in the face of each person so you knew they were in less pain."

Now Toste says she's in control. "I'm able to use my mind to deal with the pain."

For Giuliani, the difference has been "almost miraculous." Now her pain levels are between 1 and 2, and she says, "in many cases, zero."

Now for the first time in 10 years, she is able to cook again. "Just standing here, standing up for
any length of time, having the energy to stand here, to be enthusiastic about doing this, is something that was not there for years. I am back."

Hypnosis is also being used successfully to treat the effects of menopause.

For more information, contact:

Providence Hypnosis Center
Providence, RI
Phone: 401-351-1700
http://www.providencehypnosiscenter.com

Online Reporter: Lori Lyle

Online Producer: Michael Dever

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