It is very common for people who’ve experienced trauma to have “somatic” illnesses. Pains they often can’t explain, a fast heart rate, high blood pressure, arthritis, food intolerance, fibromayalagia, celiac , severe allergies, digestive issues and the list goes on.
Many of these issues show up even before someone starts dealing with their trauma. The body begins to wear down to a point where the trauma can’t be held at bay or ignored any longer.
For most of my life my heart rate has been incredibly high. Even with medications to bring it down, it goes out of control for seemingly no reason. Arthritis, severe allergies and terrible pains that seem to have no cause just show up almost daily.
For the past 3 days, I’ve had terrible pain in my lower belly but I know there is no physical reason. It has happened before and it will happen again. I’ve been checked out head to toe and there is nothing physically there to cause this pain. So why does it happen?
Is my body just cranky? Did I do something to hurt myself? A strain? I really don’t believe so.
Some people may not agree with me but I believe that the body remembers trauma. Even when we don’t think about it or pay attention to a particular trauma, I believe that our body does. It holds that stress, fear and pain then it needs to find a way out so we get pains that seem to have no apparent cause.
I might even go a step further and say that these pains are actually worse when the trauma is left unprocessed.
I have a lot of friends who’ve experienced trauma and I honestly can’t name one that doesn’t have at least one serious physical health issue to add to their psychological diagnoses. Are they all just unlucky or have their bodies found a physical way to express what their minds have tried to forget? I believe it is the latter.
I can’t be completely alone on this one. Whomever made this chart seems to agree.
So how do we begin to heal from the physical ailments? I truly believe that the secret is found in dealing with our psychological traumas. Being open about them with the right person or people (compassionate therapists, close family or understanding friends).
As we really deal with these memories and find our way through healing from them, our physical symptoms can lessen. I am not going to say you can be 100%. That depends on so many factors but I do know from my own experience that after my stay in hospital and unearthing many of my traumas that my allergies are not as bad, my digestive symptoms happen about once or twice a week rather than every day and even my arthritis has let up ever so slightly. It’s nothing to write home about just yet but it’s a start.
I hope with being more open, my heart might even slow down a bit. It feels like it’s running away from something all the time. That constant state of alert.
I have faith that one day, we can all begin to turn the tide and start to become healthier once again. We all deserve that no matter where you are now or what you are dealing with.
Have a great day everyone. Be healthy.