Invest in ME Conference 12: First Class in Every Way
OverTheHills wraps up our series of articles on this year's 12th Invest in ME International Conference (IIMEC12) in London with some reflections on her experience as a patient attending the conference for the first time.
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The 'Placebo Effect' Pain and Health

Discussion in 'Alternative Therapies' started by Cort, Sep 1, 2009.

  1. Cort

    Cort Phoenix Rising Founder

    The power of the mind - to reduce pain. Yes being hopeful reduces pain levels and now they know why - it increases the endorphin levels of the brain and when that happens your pain level drops.

    ME/CFS patients apparently experience less of the 'placebo effect' than normal (unfortunately). Perhaps we're less hopeful than others. This study suggests, though, that if you can build agood mindset then your pain should be reduced. I can't imagine that fatigue wouldn't be reduced as well.

    Interestingly a study released that year suggested that increased levels of CRH - a key factor in the HPA axis - reduces pain. (our HPA axis functioning is low). Could a release from preoccupying negative thoughts give a kick the HPA axis and increase endorphins?
     
  2. Victoria

    Victoria Senior Member

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    Interesting.....

    Interesting article, Cort,

    The Mind/Body connection has always been of great interest to me over the years (way before FM).

    These days, I don't care if it's a placebo or not, if it works, fine.

    After all, that's what we're all looking for - relief from our symptoms.:)

    Victoria
     
  3. Jody

    Jody Senior Member

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    And if the placebo is free and easily accessible, so much the better. :)
     
  4. Victoria

    Victoria Senior Member

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    Ditto, Jody,
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