Use of Guided Imagery for Functional Abdominal Pain in Children:
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The purpose of the study is to evaluate the effectiveness of relaxation, with or without guided imagery, for treating children with functional abdominal pain. The study will evaluate a child's ability to decrease the amount of pain with these techniques to allow continuation of normal daily activities at home and at school. The hypothesis is that these relaxation techniques will help decrease reports of abdominal pain and improve levels of activity.
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Ages Eligible for Study:
5 Years to 18 Years (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:
at least 3 episodes of abdominal pain over the previous 3 months normal complete blood count, sedimentation rate, urinalysis stable on current medications English speaking -
unwillingness to participate chronic gastrointestinal disease cognitive-developmental delay major dissociative disorder