Does being hypnotized work as a pain treatment

Hypnosis is recognized as an ancillary treatment for some forms of less severe pain, and as an aid in depression. In the 16 years I've been studying the literature of face pain, however, I've never seen a case report of successful outcomes with hypnosis in chronic trigeminal neuralgia. Perhaps others have more pertinent experience to contribute.

Regards, Red

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I found two articles on this very interesting Q, but they are relatively old. strangely, I couldn’t find anything that seemed relevant beyond 1992. maybe I wasn’t using the right search terms.

Bernard Gurian, D.D.S., “Trigeminal Neuralgia: Management of Two Cases of Hypnotherapy,” Anesthesia Progress 32(5):206-208 (September-October, 1985), http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2175410/pdf/anesthprog00293-0028.pdf, describes two cases in which the patients’ perception of pain was reduced after hypnosis. however, dr. gurian makes clear that remission was not achieved; the effect was only of pain perception.

D. O. Lewis, “Hypnoanalgesia for Chronic Pain: The Response to Multiple Inductions at One Session and to Separate Single Inductions,” Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine 85:620-624 (October, 1992), http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1293691/pdf/jrsocmed00106-0034.pdf, compared multiple inductions of hypnosis at one session and single inductions of hypnosis in sequential sessions, for the relief of pain. for trigeminal neuralgia and “atypical face pain,” he states that “complete analgesia” was achieved that lasted for seven days to five mos.

I don’t know whether these add any heat or light to this discussion, but I thought they were intriguing.

-- susie margaret