Anybody have experience with hypnosis as an IBS alternative treatment?

Posted by bobr @bobr, May 24, 2016

Anybody have experience with hypnosis as an IBS alternative treatment?

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Great question; i have no personal experience but its clear that stress can worsen IBS symptoms and hypnosis can reduce stress. If you elect to try hypnosis please let us know how it works for you. I think this would be very helpful information for many of us.
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C

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I have had IBS – C (mostly) for a decade now; done all the tests , and used virtually all the known drugs and pro-biotics. Most had no real lasting or positive results for me. So I had the blessing of my main Miami GI,my primary care Dr, and two consulting GI’s to try alternative treatments. Also did Stanford’s low Fodmap diet for 6 weeks: No change in my symptoms.
I tried acupuncture,last year; good for a day or two after treatment, but I deemed not worthwhile.
Now I have finished 7 sessions with a Hollywood, Florida psychotherapist. Her experience is in hypnosis for people with IBS. Not cured of symptoms, however I am now better at managing some of those symptoms. The real trick will be to continue with the self hypnosis routinesI learned and see if they continue as an ongoing help to me in the future.

What has worked for me: Dicyclomine 20 mg capsules, up to 4 times a day, IB Gard peppermint oil capsules when needed, lexa- pro 10 mg 1 per day, Exercise; and the determination not let this condition take away the enjoyment of life.

Hope I have helped some people in this discussion group.

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@bobr

I have had IBS – C (mostly) for a decade now; done all the tests , and used virtually all the known drugs and pro-biotics. Most had no real lasting or positive results for me. So I had the blessing of my main Miami GI,my primary care Dr, and two consulting GI’s to try alternative treatments. Also did Stanford’s low Fodmap diet for 6 weeks: No change in my symptoms.
I tried acupuncture,last year; good for a day or two after treatment, but I deemed not worthwhile.
Now I have finished 7 sessions with a Hollywood, Florida psychotherapist. Her experience is in hypnosis for people with IBS. Not cured of symptoms, however I am now better at managing some of those symptoms. The real trick will be to continue with the self hypnosis routinesI learned and see if they continue as an ongoing help to me in the future.

What has worked for me: Dicyclomine 20 mg capsules, up to 4 times a day, IB Gard peppermint oil capsules when needed, lexa- pro 10 mg 1 per day, Exercise; and the determination not let this condition take away the enjoyment of life.

Hope I have helped some people in this discussion group.

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Thanks for sharing-very helpful info especially the experience with hypnosis. How long did it take you to train?
Best
C

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@bobr

I have had IBS – C (mostly) for a decade now; done all the tests , and used virtually all the known drugs and pro-biotics. Most had no real lasting or positive results for me. So I had the blessing of my main Miami GI,my primary care Dr, and two consulting GI’s to try alternative treatments. Also did Stanford’s low Fodmap diet for 6 weeks: No change in my symptoms.
I tried acupuncture,last year; good for a day or two after treatment, but I deemed not worthwhile.
Now I have finished 7 sessions with a Hollywood, Florida psychotherapist. Her experience is in hypnosis for people with IBS. Not cured of symptoms, however I am now better at managing some of those symptoms. The real trick will be to continue with the self hypnosis routinesI learned and see if they continue as an ongoing help to me in the future.

What has worked for me: Dicyclomine 20 mg capsules, up to 4 times a day, IB Gard peppermint oil capsules when needed, lexa- pro 10 mg 1 per day, Exercise; and the determination not let this condition take away the enjoyment of life.

Hope I have helped some people in this discussion group.

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Charles:The seven hypnosis sessions were spread out over 14 weeks.  However, you are urged to listen to  a recorded hypnosis exercise at least 5 days a week during those 14 weeks. After about ten weeks I had pretty much mastered the ability to go into my own “relaxed” state.  I did find, that sometimes, when an unexpected gastric event started, I could retreat to a quiet area, do  my own version of the exercise, and that it would help.Thus, I look at the value of hypnosis, as it is another tool for me to put in tool kit. It is certainly a higher costing tool, however some of the newer drugs ( if taken for 14 weeks) are right up there with the cost too.Feel free to post or reply directly.Bob

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