Most of us suffer from various ailments and pains from time to time, so we can all sympathise with a person who complains of severe pains.
Pains are, as you know, a symptom that something is wrong somewhere in your body and should have attention. None of us like pain, but there are some that are so terrified that they may become phobic. This can then spoil their daily lives as they become paranoid about anything happening to them which can cause pain, i.e. the person who is fearful of walking too fast in case they slipped and hurt themselves, or those who take copious amounts of pills and painkillers in case of a headache or some muscular strain occurring.
Take John (fictitious name) who came to me with Algophobia. He was paranoid about any pain and suffered from a low pain threshold. It all began when, as a child, his mother continually complained of pain in almost every part of her body. John eventually was convinced that any pain is intolerable and he became frightened that the same problem would happen to him. This made John very cautious, and eventually phobic, that he would actually induce panic attacks at the mere thought of pain attacking him. He, therefore, gave up sport, exercise and even slept downstairs for fear of hurting himself descending his stairs. Later he was due to have an operation and he realised that there would be pain after the surgery, so he came to me in desperation to rid him of his phobia.
I regressed him back to his origins of the anguish he heard from his mother, and after several sessions, he realised his mother’s problems were no longer and he became more rational as he progressed. Eventually, under hypnosis, his subconscious mind accepted that he was strong and could bear the pain if it came along and more than likely it would rarely occur. He went off for his operation which was bearable and now he is completely cured.
I also work with phantom pain which is a condition whereby pain is felt from an amputated limb long after it is separated from the body.
Hypnotherapy is particularly effective for releasing the sensation from amputees so that their subconscious mind is no longer playing tricks on their emotions and feelings.