Hypnotic analgesia for chronic pain in persons with MS: A case series.

TitleHypnotic analgesia for chronic pain in persons with MS: A case series.
Publication TypeJournal Article
AuthorsJensen MP, Hanley MA, Engel JM, Romano JM, Barber J, Hoffman AJ, Patterson DR, Kraft GH
JournalInternational Journal of MS Care

Chronic pain is a serious problem for many persons with MS, yet there are limited treatment options for MS-related pain. Previous case reports suggest that hypnotic analgesia has the potential to benefit at least some of these individuals, but there are no published data to indicate the number of individuals who might benefit from this intervention. To address this gap, 13 adults with MS and chronic pain were given 10 sessions of hypnotic analgesia treatment. Six (46%) of the participants reported a clinically meaningful (30% decrease or greater) change in average pain intensity during the week after treatment compared with the week immediately before treatment. This decrease in average pain was maintained at three-month follow-up for three participants. The findings support the potential benefit of hypnotic analgesia for the treatment of pain in persons with MS for some patients, and indicate that a controlled clinical trial is warranted.


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