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Pain Management

Phantom Limb Pain

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Hi Everyone,

Frank Trupiano shares with us a successful use of EFT for an amputee. Phantom limb pain has been a mystery to the healing professions for a very long time and it is only recently that we are finding ways to relieve it. I thought you would find Frank's experience of interest.

Hugs, Gary

by Frank Trupiano

Hi Gary:

I continue to use EFT on a regular basis in my psychotherapy practice and I continue to get amazing results.

To my knowledge no one has posted anything related to working with amputees, so I thought I would drop you a line. Last week, I was working with a lady who had fallen some years ago and injured her left arm. The arm became infected and she had to have it amputated.

Incidentally, this lady has a very tragic background. As a child, she suffered severe physical abuse by her mother. Her mother would literally get on top of her and bang her head on the floor. At age 18, she was gagged, tied to a bed and brutally raped. She was still a virgin at the time, and she has had never been able to have a normal sex life.

I saw her a year ago for a suicide attempt. Using traditional psychotherapy (at the time I was not trained in EFT), I was able to help her work through some of her pain related to past abuse, but was never able to get at the roots.

Recently, however, she attempted suicide again and her medical doctor referred her back to me. We basically picked up where we had left off in our prior sessions, going over the rape incident, the physical abuse by her mother, and the loss of her left arm and how she no longer felt like a "whole" person.

This time, however, I had another intervention technique (EFT) with which to help her. I first administered EFT focusing on her feeling of not being whole. After one round, she immediately verbalized a complete shift in her self-perception. Whereas prior to the EFT, she could only think of her lost arm, afterwards, she could only smile and focus on the fact that "there's still a lot more of me left."

She then said that she could still feel her fingers "wiggle" (but there is no arm there) and it really bothered her, so I tapped "Even though I can feel my fingers, I completely and deeply accept myself..." Again, she smiled and said the phantom pain had gone to zero.

It was nothing short of a miracle. I plan to see her again and work more on the rape and past physical abuse by her mother.

Big hugs,

Frank Trupiano, BCSW

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