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Guided Imagery from Kaiser Permanente Reduces Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain

30 Sep

We just found this recent posting under a Hot Research study on imagery and pain. It’s about how guided imagery helped someone with a lot of pain. We thought it was worth a second posting.  Here goes:

Well, I don't know how it works but it has for me.  I have Chronic JRA (juvenile rheumatoid arthritis) since age 5, in several large joints on the right side, and have only used stretching exercise and walking, as my father had done every morning for years.

I also used injections in my teens, a hot H20 bottle, and Ace bandages on my hand and knees, and once had the Emergency Room orthopedic doctor put a cast on my right hand (it worked, so far as the awful pain).

In my forties it started again in the right hip, a few times a year, causing pain, and me to use a cane for a week, just to walk. I tried to get a diagnosis, and finally did in my late forties of Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (Pauciarticular), on the right side only: knee (age 5-55), hand (age 5-55), shoulder (age 55-60, hip [age 15-60) and ankle (age 20-50).  

I have been treated mostly in Emergency Rooms, and tried Physical Therapy, though it made the joint swell.  Rest and elevation work best – that’s how my mother treated it when I was a child. - and when I felt better, she told me to take a walk, which I still do to this day.  

However I have kept track over three years of each time I have a "flare-up," which was up to 3 weeks out of 4.  

And when I compared the last few months of using Guided Imagery a few times a week, (rec’d from Kaisier Permanente),  the chronic JRA currently in my right shoulder has been reduced to 2-3 days per month, which is amazing.  I have my notes and calendar, if anyone wants to check.  

I told this to Kaiser, but they did not seem interested.  

Thanks.

PS I also use "Affirmations to reduce Stress," which has worked to reduce my stress, and my systolic and diastolic blood pressure readings.
Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award