25 years ago at the age of 23, I was finally diagnosed with chronic migraine. Over the years my daily pain continued to get worse. My list of diagnoses grew. I was miserable.
I went from working full time, to staying home on social security disability. My pain was so out of control that I contemplated suicide on several occasions.
I forgot what it was like to live without constant pain.
Pain defined me. It consumed me. It became my full time narrative. Pain was the first thing I was aware up upon waking in the morning, and the last thing I thought of when I finally fell asleep at night.
But-that’s not the end of my story!
In a state of complete desperation, I tried hypnosis. Over the years I’ve tried every treatment you could imagine….
DOZENS of medications, chiropractors, acupuncture, massage, surgical procedures, tens units, special diets, talk therapy, injections, Botox, Reiki, magnets, crystals, Shamans, healing prayer services, devices…if it’s out there, I’ve probably tried it.
Hypnosis was a last resort.
And what do ya know -it actually helped! More importantly it led me down the path of learning about neuroplastic pain and the role that fear and trauma can play in creating an overactive nervous system.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that the pain was all in my head.
My pain was real.
Your pain is real.
I’ve spent the past 5 years studying the mind body connection. And I’ve had such a profound shift in my symptoms that I left my career as a social worker to become a Certified Hypnotherapist so that I can help others experience more symptom free days.
I still have setbacks and occasional bad days, (and a whole slew of diagnoses) but I also finally have something else that I didn’t have before; something that I had lost along the way.
I have hope.
Let me share that hope with you. Let’s figure this out together.
If you suffer from chronic pain and are ready to try a whole new brain-retaining approach, contact me. I’m happy to help!
-Sara D. Moore, LMSW, CH