Is there a valid correlation between abuse, and the development of Fibromyalgia?
In ‘ Validating Post-Traumatic Fibromyalgia 2 ‘, I will explore the evidence for the connection between the onset of Fibromyalgia and past abuse in FMS patients. As with my first post in this series, ‘Validating Post-Traumatic Fibromyalgia ~ The Connection Between Physical Trauma and FMS’, there are certain commonalities found among those who develop FMS. One of these found in many FMS patients, is a past history of abuse.
There seem to be several reasons, although none agreed upon in the medical community, for why a person becomes susceptible to Fibromyalgia. As I have stated it has been traced back to; physical trauma, war experience, sexual abuse, abandonment, latent viruses, PTSD, ect. And, as I have stated before, the common element among all of these varied subjects is the undo stress they put on the Central Nervous System.
Stress that fails to get alleviated causes damage to the mind, which in turn wrecks havoc on the body. A study on the impact of toxic stress on communities and individuals, shows a link between many diseases (Fibromyalgia and CFS being among them) and stress.
There are many suspected reasons for the onset of Fibromyalgia. Emotional trauma, especially forms of abuse, can clearly be seen as one of these reasons. Abuse that causes toxic levels of stress occur not only in childhood, but can be suffered as an adult too; spousal abuse, rape, psychological abuse, toxic relationships, ect. All of these cause extreme forms of pressure, and stress on the mind that seem to manifest as disease within the body.
Validating Post-Traumatic Fibromyalgia 2
Three kinds of stress:
Good Stress ~ As a child, a person experiences stress when meeting new people, attending the first day of school, riding a bike for the first time, ect. If good ‘child care’ (parent/caregivers) is available, the child learns how to handle and overcome these stresses. This helps to develop healthy coping skills later in life as stressful situations continue to occur.
Tolerable Stress ~ These are negative experiences such as the death of a parent, a natural disaster, a minor car accident, ect. Again, with healthy parenting and/or healthy caregivers the child, although severely impacted, does not stay in a state of stress for longer than necessary. They will also learn healthy coping skills here to help deal with, and overcome the event.
Toxic Stress ~ This occurs in environments of abuse and neglect. Here a child faces situations of severity that are far beyond their ability to cope. Here is where the ‘fight of flight’ survival response begins, and stays in a state of ‘switched on’. This is where life long poor health, habits, and addictions can develop, and chronic pain. The brain was never meant to be in this state for a prolonged period of time, and as a result the body & mind can become ‘toxic’.
The case for validating post-traumatic fibromyalgia in relation to its development as a result of abuse seems to be fairly clear. Human bodies were not created to withstand intense and prolonged levels of the ‘fight or flight’ response.
This is yet another reason why I believe in a holistic approach to the treatment of FMS. The whole body needs attention in the healing process, especially the most complex organ we possess; the mind.
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