Everyone of us with ME/CFS, Fibro, IC and other illnesses have heard at one time or another that our illnesses stem from some sort of trauma we experienced as a child or during our lifetime, whether it be physical trauma or emotional trauma. I have always debunked this theory somewhat. I don’t believe that these illnesses are CAUSED by emotional and/or physical trauma but I do believe that trauma can be a factor in making the illnesses worse and in causing recurrent flares.
I get upset and defensive when someone tries to tell me that I am sick solely because of something that happened to me in my past but I think we can get some healing from dealing with past issues that deal with emotional/physical/sexual abuse or other types of trauma.
It’s funny how our minds work and how we bury things that happened to us during our lives and when we think we have dealt with them. But when they are not dealt with at the time the trauma/abuse happens, years later it comes back to haunt us and it comes alive and we have to deal with it as though it is a fresh wound.
I had some things happen to me as a child that I never told to anyone except for my husband and that was just recently that I told him. I have found that I have been feeling physically worse and having more frequent ME/CFS flares because I am trying to deal with something that happened a long time ago that I buried and tried to forget about. I have been unable to forget about it, though, and I finally got it off my chest with some people and I am hoping that I will see an improvement now in my symptoms.
If there is anything that has happened to you that you feel was a traumatic event sometime in your life and if you have never talked about it with anyone – get it off your chest. See if it helps you to feel better physically and emotionally.