By Pam Hinds
Recently, I had the opportunity to work with Colin who has suffered with diabetes and neuropathy causing constant pain in his toes. I already knew about the medical history from talking to Colin previously, so we concentrated on the manifestation of the pain in the here and now. I made the point that since he was on medication the effects of this in his body would have to be taken into account.
Colin rated the current pain in all 10 toes at an intensity love of 4 out of 10, and we started with a first round of EFT on “Even though I have this pain in my toes…” After this round, Colin felt calm and the pain was about 3.5 out of 10. A second round on “The remaining pain in my toes” brought the level of intensity to 3 out of 10. A third round brought it to just under 3 and the toes feeling less stressed, in Colin’s terms.
At this point, I moved to using Choices, starting with “Even though I can’t let go of this pain…” and moving to “I now choose to let go.” This had the immediate effect of shifting the pain to the arch of his right foot, and this seemed to be quite severe so that Colin wanted to do another round quickly to overcome this new pain.
He is clearly used to analyzing the feelings in his feet quite closely and described them in some detail, which was very helpful in chasing the pain. We did several more rounds, chasing the pain as it moved to a “fizziness” in the big toe of the right foot, then four small toes on the left foot, then both feet feeling equal, with the two big toes calm and other toes at an intensity level of 2, feeling numb and uncomfortable.
After the seventh round, Colin’s toes still had some pain but now felt a glow and warmth, which was unusual for him as his toes usually feel cold. He had sweaty palms at this point and watery eyes, but after a further round he felt calmer.
At this point, I considered ending the session but decided to finish with a more emotionally oriented phrase, directed toward his feelings about having the pain. We used “Even though I can’t believe I’ll be pain free…” which brought his level of intensity down to about 1.25 out of 10, and a final round stating, “I let this pain go … I deserve to be pain free.”
We both felt the outcome of the session had been very positive, and the following day Colin reported significant shifts in his experience. During the night he had been kept awake by pains in his toes, but the next morning the pain was down to a level of intensity of 1 out of 10, and this was still holding several days later.
In the past, Colin has had to wear open-toed sandals to avoid the pressure of shoes on his toes, but now he has been able to keep closed shoes on most of the day, which in this cold January weather was an extra bonus.