A case report of a patient with a diagnosis of atypical facial neuralgia which was successfully treated with a rapid hypnotic technique is presented. After six months of intensive work up and treatment, the patient was seen and treated in one session and no longer requires any medication and reports 90% relief.
The trance capacity is measured with the Hypnotic Induction Profile (HIP). A restructuring strategy for treatment and the ramifications of this technique will be discussed.
Because the HIP rapidly predicts trance capacity, the physician is able to screen patients which may benefit from this modality in the treatment of pain.
Hypnosis may be utilized in treatment as an adjunct or independently for organic disease and therefore should be seriously considered in the armamentarium of physicians treating headaches.