She found me by googling "central sensitization syndrome," we set up a google hangout for some pain science education and other strategies, and I think I got more out of her than she learned from me!
There were two nuggets I got from our 1.5 hour long conversation.
Tapping as a Distraction
- she was centrally sensitized and she had allodynia in many parts of her body
- when she had to have some dental or other procedures, or blood draws that required needles this the pain was excruciating
- however, she found on her own, that tapping in other places that were not peripherally sensitized completely eliminated the perceived painful sensation from the needle
- the bottom line: if a technique (TDN, other otherwise) is very uncomfortable, try having the patient tap in a place that is not threatened to modulate your treatment (or don't use that treatment)
Severe Tinnitus Neuroscience Nugget - borrowing from NOI Jam's great posts
- this same amazing woman previously had severe tinnitus at night
- it was causing extremely high anxiety, thus further lowering her pain thresholds
- her self breakthrough was thinking of the ringing as her guardian angel communicating with her and protecting her
- eliminating the threat abolished her anxiety and perceived threat about the tinnitus
Needless to say, much of the pain science education I normally deliver, she had already figured out, including graded exposure to movement, etc... She was already well on her way to improved function and meeting her goals of a long spiritual trek next year. I felt blessed to have met and spoken to her, and will possibly interview her for my Stop Thought Viruses/Physio Answers Sites.
Keeping it Eclectic...