A little about me, I have permanent nerve damage in my right leg from a surgery almost 6 years ago. It occurred from a nerve block that the anesthesiologist who was an intern didn't use the ultrasound guidance. I have struggled with pain and many combinations of drugs since. I was not diagnosed with CRPS until this last spring when it began to spread. One of the reasons was I had learned to use hypnotherapy to control my pain. I am a mother of 3 who works full time and has no desire to be on drugs that take my ability to do these 2 roles away. I worked with a psychologist to do hypnosis. This training teaches your brain to almost compartmentalize your pain. As I get tired it gets harder but it can be a huge help. As an example, I had gotten so good at it I was able to ignore pain from 2 very large kidney stones until I went into kidney failure. To me this is part of the risk. You learn to feel pain differently and I have had to become very aware of my body to prevent that from happening again. You don't ever feel out of control. Hypnosis I found is a great relaxation time. You can do it in a single session and then practice with recordings. I highly recommend it as part of your overall pain toolkit.