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Hi everyone,I've been very interested (and happy)to look at the feedback on this board re: hypnotherapy, especially with Mike's tapes.Anyway, for those of you have experienced improvement with hypnotherapy- how long was it before you started noticing any changes?Also, what method were you using? Did you listen to a tape everyday, see a therapist, etc?Thanks!
 
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Hi peristalsis - good question!
Well, it sounds crazy, but I noticed a marked improvement in my symptoms after just three days of listening to Mike's tapes, going from very irregular and unpredictable C/D to virtually normal BMs in that time. After one week (I think - may have been two) I was able to leave the house for the first time in over a year!
I am now more than half way through the program, and still feeling good, with just the odd (relatively mild) episode of IBS (maybe once a fortnight, as opposed to constant symptoms).
Julie
 

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I started Mikes tapes about 40 days ago and I noticed a change witnin the first week. Less gas, bloating and WAY less D. I was able to calm myself down internally before I had my gut spinning out of control. At the same time that I started the tapes, I made a very conscience effort to make changes, diet, exercise, caltrate, stress, so I do not know what exactly the percentages of what I had done attributed to the success. I just feel very lucky to have had 35 days or so of no major troubles.(except the corned beef and cabbage (cole slaw) that I had tonight, I have been on the pot for an hour with the runs... Definate food trigger, now I know.Good luck!
 

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I ordered the tapes about 6 weeks ago..and I've heard I'll get them next week.In the meantime I have been seeing a hypnotherapist/psychotherapist. I only see her for one hour every two weeks and to be honest with you it has helped me very gradually. (I've been seeing her for two months now). I can at least eat at work these days..I used to get D and gas at work so bad after breakfast and lunch that I would go without eating until I got off work!It has virtually eliminated the C for the past month. I was C,D alternating.It has definitley helped me although my therapist doens't have the experience that Mike Mahoney has with IBS. It is helping me with self-esteem and anxiety issues which are somehow related to my disfunctional digestion. I'm hoping a more intensive reinforcement of what I'm learning using the tapes will help even more. I really need to lower my gas/bloating factor so my coworkers can live with me!Jane
 

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Jane, your tapes should be on the way next week for you.I used Mike's tapes and noticed better sleep right off the bat, however I noticed some improvements within the first week, but within thirty days things were really getting better.I think I am still the only one done with the program and it has been months and I am still doing really well.The tapes broke the vicious cycle of anxiety and attacks for me,gave me a better understanding of my thoughs and how I was reacting to the IBS and have pretty much reduce the symptoms to an occasional attack,done from around four a week to three in three in three months or so, this is by far the best thing I have done.When you use the program it becomes more clear how they work and why and then it makes more sense.------------------ http://webpotential.com/ericibs/index.htm
 

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HiI'm nearly half done with the program and I noticed a difference the very first week. During the second week, I switched meds and had some bad reactions while my body adjusted, but did not change anything else. I'm still feeling the benefits, but mostly I've noticed how much more aware I am of tension and where/when I feel it. -Karen[This message has been edited by kbaum (edited 03-18-2000).]
 

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Hi Peri:I'm on about day 48 of the tapes. What I noticed immediately was a reduction in stress. Around day 3 of the tapes I had a muscle spasm in my lower back which tends to lay me up for at least 3 to 4 days, with the stiffness not leaving altogether for 1-3 weeks. THe stiffness was gone in 2 days. My muscle spasms are generally due to stress, so I can only attribute the lack of stiffness to the relaxation techniques on the tapes.As for IBS cramping, I noticed within the first few weeks that cramps that normally would last hours were down to an hour, and not as painful.I alternate D and C, but since D is not usually a big problem with me can't say how it's affected that, except to say that when I do get it, it pretty much is gone in 1 to 2 bowel movements.I successfully went off Paxil, an anti-anxiety med, with very few withdrawal symptoms. (Only go off antti-anxiety and depression meds under your doctor's supervision because of withdrawal symptoms.) I'm doing very well, no anxiety, and my psychiatrist agrees with me that the tapes made a big difference.JeanG------------------Member of "The Advance Guard for the Ozone Rangers".May the "farce" be with you. JeanG
 
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I'm glad to see this has helped so many of you. I started a program about two weeks ago. I've noticed some small improvement but nothing drastic. I'm being patient, I just was wondering when other people began noticing changes. That's great to hear, thank you all.
 
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