Trauma and chronic illness
I’ve long noticed the connection between trauma and chronic illness. While illness and injury can certainly cause trauma, the notion that trauma can cause physical pain and illness is only recently being studied.
I’m grateful that this connection is now being acknowledged. Since 1997, I’ve taught hypnosis techniques that focus on post traumatic growth to overcome chronic pain and illness.
Based on client feedback, the results have been remarkably positive.
If you are living with chronic pain and/or illness, hypnosis can help you to feel more comfort in your body. To find out how, give me a call at (760) 219-8079 or send me an email. We can meet at my Palm Desert Hypnosis office or online worldwide fro your home, office, RV, hotel or wherever you may be.
New Research Says Physical Pain Is Directly Connected To Emotional Stress And Trauma
New studies have found that the source of your chronic pain may very well be caused by stress and emotional trauma and not a physical injury.
Trauma happens “when our ability to respond to a perceived threat is in some way overwhelming,” writes Peter Levine, a trauma expert.
“Whether or not trauma was connected to the event or condition that originated their pain, having a chronic pain condition is traumatizing in and of itself,” writes Maggie Phillips, the author of Reversing Chronic Pain.
And since our nervous systems go into survival mode during trauma, it can be hard to recover.
Are Chronic Illness and Trauma Related?
If you’ve been diagnosed with a chronic illness and experienced trauma, you may have some uneasy feelings about the connection between the two. After all, some doctors who don’t really understand tricky conditions like fibromyalgia or myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME/CFS), for example, might be quick to tell you your symptoms are “all in your head” or due to a mental health condition.
While living with a chronic illness can be traumatic, research shows the reverse may be true as well. Trauma, especially if it happens when you’re younger, can trigger chronic illness.
Trauma, toxic stress and PTSD have now been directly linked to several types of chronic illnesses, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, chronic pain, digestive conditions like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and fibromyalgia. Other chronic illnesses, like multiple sclerosis, may be impacted by some of the secondary effects of trauma, like smoking or infection risk.
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