- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) – anyone with experience, thoughts?
Have a couple of aches and pains (reconstructed shoulder, metalwork, spinal injury) that have been with me for many years and starting to get pretty wearing. The NHS have done all they can (and they’ve been pretty good) and I’ve pursued the private route too. Had a mix of ops, medication, physio, Pilates and similar, alternative, lifestyle stuff etc. My flexibility/core strength etc is deemed ‘very good’ (physio words not mine!) and I do this every day.
The option now for pain management seems to be medication which I’m slightly hesitant about as much that I get relief, it does knock me out a fair bit and the do age is relatively high.
My osteo suggested I consider CBT … beyond Googling, no experience of this … anyone able to enlighten a wee bit?
ThanksPosted 4 years agoalthepalSubscriber
Cbt as far as I’m aware usually used for mental health issues so that a person can gain insight and perspective into their situation. My sisters used it to help with stress/panic attacks. With some sucess it has to be said- she still has her moments but overall seems better at managing now.Posted 4 years ago
never heard of it being used in the kinda situation you describe but it might be worth a go!
I would add that pain clinics are also quite effective- helped my mum cope with the various age-related problems she has.meehajaMember
Cbt for pain management is evidence based and is showing good results
Sometimes it is called “expert patient pain management program” or “w-pain toolkit”. It it works in a similar way to the mental health side in its more about controlling your pain and changing the way you respond to it. Probably best accessed through gp referral to I apt.
Have a look at http://www.paintoolkit.org for more info
Hope that helps,
Jim (husband of Cbt therapist)Posted 4 years agothepuristSubscriber
Another therapy that’s gaining support for pain management is Mindfulness based meditation. It’s not all woo, joss sticks and orange robes – there’s some evidence to support its effectiveness. GPs more likely to go the CBT route though.
I know a few people who’ve tried CBT for mental health issues – some with success, some without. A lot depends on how you react to it, how you get on with the therapist, how much work you put in outside the sessions etc.Posted 4 years agokcrMember
There are various psychological pain management techniques, including CBT, Mindfulness, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), and if you have a joined up service, these will be used alongside other approaches such as medication. I don’t know what is available in your area, but chase up the NHS again.
Psychological treatment is not airy-fairy; it’s very pragmatic and can help some chronic pain problems that have not responded to traditional medical pain management. Definitely worth a go.Posted 4 years ago
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