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Mindfulness based cognitive therapy

Apr 10, 2016 3:12 PM

Hi, I'm new to this app and have fibro. I am wondering if anyone has tried any mindfulness based cognitive therapy to help pain management/ acceptance? If so, any advice or specific videos/websites/books that you used?

Apr 10, 2016 5:19 PM

I am still trying to get a grasp of the mindfulness therapy.

Apr 11, 2016 12:46 AM

Hi MinxFM,

I have practiced meditation and mindfulness for past 3 years. I started with YouTube Jon Kabit-Zinn. Then took an 8 week class. I continue with the group for a day of meditation. 3x/year. It is sweet to meditate for 7 hours without talking, eye contact, doing a variety of meditations. I am sorry that I will miss a 5 day retreat coming up that I will miss due to surgery, but would love to do it in future. I enjoy being able to coming back to my breath. People in my class that had challenges with this many times were able to move through. I like Mindfulness or meditation for dummies or the rough guide to mindfulness by a. Tobler & s. Herrmann. Easy reads. For me I have found meditation useful. I have also done a cognitive behavioural therapy for mental health. It was an all day class, 5 days a week for 5-8 weeks. It was an eye opening intensive approach to how I think, perceive, process things. Heavy duty class. I will be attending the pain clinic, they also offer cbt, which I will take. I am waiting for my appointment to start. It may be a year.
Trying something new, it may end up being a great thing 😊

Apr 12, 2016 12:25 AM

Hi Beets, thanks for the response. That's all very interesting, i'm happy to hear that you have a postive experience with it so far. Thanks for the book tips :)

Apr 12, 2016 2:21 AM

I have tried that over many years for both fibro pain and crohns pain.
It seems it can only go so far but the pain always seems to win in the end.
I can manage for a few days using mindfulness to block out the pain but after that the fatigue becomes too much for it to work and the pain overtakes me.

Apr 13, 2016 12:24 PM

When I use meditation for myself I know that this is not a cure but another way to help with many difficult times or increase enjoyable mindful moments. For me it is not intended to take away the pain but to be able to be with the pain and thus hopefully decrease my reaction to the pain. Pain is pain and it does get nasty with times that it seems nothing helps. It is a very personal experience. For me over the past three years sometimes it is easy and sometimes very challenging to meditate. It is what it is. Remembering and coming back to my breathe allows me to better ground myself. It's not for everyone. I find a good instructor and daily practice has been crucial for me, especially at the beginning.
Beets 😑

Apr 17, 2016 10:57 AM

I have been trying it for the past week to help me get through my exams and i am already finding it helpful for my response to my pain and general emotional well being :) i think this is going to be a very useful tool, but wow it takes some serious focus!

Apr 17, 2016 11:35 AM

I try to find things that I like such as music, self help or what ever that simply takes my mind away from the pain. Find my happy place and try to do my home PT as much as possible to keep moving.
If I don't move some my body locks up. My pain is in my spinal cord and bone pain not muscle pain. My therapist and Psychologist help me stay on track which is also part of my pain management.

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