I know there are hypnosis cds for ibs but has anyone went to see a hypnosis one on one? If so did help with your ibs-d or anxiety issues? I am really curious if going one on one would be more effective than doing the cds at home.
Hi mrae, I have done one-on-one hypnosis, about 2 months ago now. The hypnotist wasn't an IBS specialist however she said she had dealt with other cases in the past so I felt confident she would help. I was underwhelmed. I did several sessions and the hypnotist made me a CD to listen to a few nights a week before I went to bed as well. I really didn't notice a whole lot of difference, she gave me maybe one somewhat helpful stress/anxiety management technique, but really I haven't had any improvement in my ibs-d from going to the sessions. I'm seriously contemplating getting the IBS audio 100 program (or whatever that one is called) but am leery as the one-on-one session left a lot to be lacking. Again, this was just my experience.
Hi - Just thought I would pop in - The IBS Audio Program is definitely gut-specific and geared towards all aspects of IBS. It is not a cure and does not work for everyone, but, it has the advantage of being out there being used by the public for 12 years and mostly with good feedback. Sometimes in-person therapy can be helpful, but if you dont click with the therapist it might keep you from success. The advantage of the sessions in the CDs (there are 5 hypnotherapeutic sessions and two informational sessions) is that you can do it at home whenever you want, no travel, and the whole program is way cheaper than the in-person therapist - in fact, less than one session of live therapy. And you get free support via phone or website if you need it. The IBS Audio Program 100 has been especially helpful with those who have used it as a last resort after everything else has failed. I was really leery of it at first too, but the best thing I could have done.One thing, though, was that I had to do the program a few times over before I saw results - mostly because I kept reading about IBS symptoms on the BBs, etc. For it to really work, it is geared to take you away from IBS thoughts, which it does, and it really helps to minimize your thinking about it if you do the program.Feel free to ask any quesions about it - always happy to help if I can. Take care.
I have been to see a Hypnotherapist privately and also have done Home CD's to,but for me none of it worked,but for some i know it can make a difference to their symptoms,everyone is different.The Audio Program seems to have helped quite a few people on this forum,i might even try that myself.
Cookies4marilynplease could I ask how long you waited before starting the course again. I finished it about 1w ago and I'm not sure if I got any benefit. I'm willing to give it another go but would I have to do the whole course again exactly as recommended and how long should I wait before having another go. Its about 3m so difficult to complete without a break if you want to go away on holiday for example.
I looked up hypnotists in my area today and found several who deal with IBS and one who requires a doctor's referral. This same therapist stated that six to ten sessions, spaced two weeks apart, was the agreed-upon practice of most. He also said it may take up to 4 sessions before any changes are noticed and that work at home (btw sessions) is important.
Hi Petra - We have had some folks experience improvement after completion of the program - sometimes there is a delay, while others feel improvement right away. Everyone is different depending on their own situation such as how long you have had IBS and how severe their IBS symptoms are. Read your booklet and also visit www.ibscds.com for more information. In general, you can take a break of anywhere from 4-10 weeks before starting up on the whole course for the program again. As far as taking a break for holiday during the 100 days, you can do this simply by following the suggestions in the booklet when you miss days. A mere 1/2 hour per day to help yourself feel better is not really that much when you put it into perspective of your whole life - I was so bad with my IBS that I could not take holidays - it was difficult for me to travel, so if you are feeling well enough to go on a holiday, you are doing a lot better than many who are close to housebound like I was - so this should be very encouraging.For most questions regarding the program, you should ask those on the www.healthyaudio.com website, as well as continued support!All the best to you in your journey to feeling better!
Cookies4marylyn-I guess it is all relative. I am lucky enough to have gone on some holidays over the last 25yrs but they haven't always been successful. I'd like to go on a cruise but then think how would I feel when everyone else goes off on tour and I'd have to stay behind. I went on a boat tour last summer but when the urge hit me I came so so so very close to chucking myself in the river. Since then I've had a lot of panic attacks which have spoiled trips to the cinema and theatre. We always said we would spend our retirement travelling and now that time is near I'm panicking because I don't think I can do it-my partner doesn't really understand IBS at all. I have done the hypnosis but haven't told him-he would think it a complete waste of time and that would just make me feel worse so I do these things in secret. I don't tell people, even family about my condition so finding 1/2hr on a holiday might be difficult for me. I've missed out a lot over the years when friends have gone away for week-ends and ski-ing trips. I always managed to find some excuse to not go. As I said -it is all relative when you've lived and lied with this for 25yrs. I don't get periods of remission, except for a few weeks earlier this year-was probably placebo effect -just the same old symptoms-if anything slightly worse now than when it started.
Hi Petra - I totally understand where you are coming from - I have had IBS since 1983 - just after my son - now almost 27 - was born. I spent my life raising my kids thru the bathroom door - missed a lot of their life - could not participate in all of their activities, had to cancel many many times - and I always felt that IBS was "my fault" - that maybe I ate wrong, or I was too nervous or anxious, and I could feel the impatience and disgust of some others having to deal with my condition -tho most folks were nice about it. Living with this in "secret" is not helping you - there is a CD entitled the IBS Companion in your IBS Audio program that you may want to listen to, then have your partner listen to, if you can get up the courage to do so. If he does not understand your situation, he needs to - research shows that IBS patients have flaws in the way the brain and nervous system in the gut communicate - it is a disorder and nothing that you caused - I know that one of the hardest parts of your IBS is most likely having to hide your condition and make excuses for yourself and plan around your illness. If you had cancer, were crippled, or any other ailment, those in your life would make allowances and be understanding about it - well, IBS is no different, though it is not something that you could die from, or course, not as serious as cancer, but my gastroenterologist said that he could treat the pain from colon cancer more effectively than his IBS patients! The problem is not with you - but with people who are not compassionate - and I have met many of those. Don't put that on yourself - you deserve to feel better and to take whatever course you need to do that.It doesnt help that the movie industry makes fun of people with IBS (think of movies where IBS is mentioned and of course the audience laughs at those scenes). This just adds to why people act the way they do towards our condition. But I have found that when I have shared what I have, more often than not, people shared that they knew someone who had it, or had it too, etc. so it is definitely more common than you think.I certainly can feel for you and your situation - It may be that your logistics of having to hide doing the hypno is putting more stress on you - and it may also mean that hypno may not be the way forward for you - I too felt worse for a time - then got better - but keeping your condition a secret is not going to help you, but will only add to your burden of illness. If you get the courage to share your condition with your family, you can have them look at this website, or other medical websites that define IBS and verify just how widespread and difficult a condition it is - they need to be educated - and that in turn will get you on the raod to healing... I dont know how else to help and support you - I wish I could explain IBS and hypno to your partner for you - but no matter what you decide, I truly do hope you can find your way - and if you need me, I am here to support and encourage. All the best to you - I wish you well.
aw..thanks for that lovely message. Made me a bit teary! It is such a difficult thing for me to manage and I'm a pretty private person. Always looking after other people-I suppose the strong, sensible one in the family. Often they look to me for medical advice ---think it adds to my burden.....I'm always fine...never a days illness etc. Never mention the hospital appts and horrid tests I've had recently. To say I've had this problem for so long would almost be a betrayal so I feel a bit stuck. I'll give it more thought and see if I can find a way-even just to tell my kids who are now in their 20s. I think of how many times I've worked my way round things but one of these days I'm going to get caught out and it terrifies me.
Why dont you compose a "letter" ? - write out what you want to say about your IBS all these years - whether you let them (family members, etc) read it or not doesnt matter - just get it off your chest so to speak - then - after thinking about it, perhaps let certain members read it - along with letting them listen to the IBS Companion -that recording actually took the burden of explanation off of me - and - since it comes from another source than myself, it validated everything I was going thru. I think you will find that allowing your children and others in your family, to become aware of your condition means that you are giving them permission to grow in themselves in dealing with reality if illness - makes them be better people - taking on all that burden yourself is sugar-coating their life - if you were in an accident, they would have to step up to the plate - give them the tools for life by letting know your reality. You may be surprised at the love, responsibility, and care you could receive from them, and that you have denied yourself that all these years - there is nothing you should be afraid of - you are not getting caught for doing something wrong - you are sharing the complete person you are - you have earned it - it is your turn for receiving a little consideration - think if your mom or your adult children withheld illness from you - you would want to know so you could help them... tell them that now you have to let them know so that they will understand - life will probably make more sense to them, in that they will know that times when maybe you were having difficultry being their for them was due to illness, and they will understand that so much better than all the other things in life...By sharing your situation with them, this will take all that burden off of you - which is only contributing to your illness - and then and only then, will you start to add components that will begin to make you feel better and lead to your healing...Take care - there IS hope - I am one person out of many from the last 12 years who have seen hope and the abilty to feel better from this darn IBS - you are not alone - and we are here for ya...
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