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  • Fibromyalgia and abuse

    4 posts, 4 voices, 1621 views, started Mar 18, 2009

    Posted on Wednesday, March 18, 2009 by Tina Hengen


    • Aquamarine

      I suffer from fibromyalgia and I spent many years being seriously abused, my question is could there be a connection? I know of several women who have it and 3 out of 4 of them have been abused as well. I don’t think that means that everyone who suffers from Fibromyalgia was abused or that everyone who was abused will develop Fibromyalgis, but I definately would like to see studies done on this. What’s your opinion?


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          Dianne67 wrote Mar 23, 2009
        • Any type of trauma in your life can bring it on.  So yes, abuse sure can.  So can a car accident, an infection etc.


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          Mjeclectic wrote Nov 2, 2009
        • I would have to agree with Diane.  

          I have had Fibro for 25 yrs, at least that’s when I got a name for what I was feeling. But the name was a little different then.

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          Dana Arcuri wrote Nov 2, 2009
        • Hi Tina!  I have not heard about the connection between fibromyalgia and abuse, but I have read many books about the connection between chronic pain and trapped emotions.

          Many interesting books about the mind/body connection state that physical, sexual and/or emotional abuse will be a traumatic experience in which the brain will protect itself from the devastating nightmare.  For the brain to do this, it must redirect any pain onto a body part, such as the low back, the heart or another organ.  (This is how an individual later in life ends up with chronic pain.)

          During this mind/body experience, the negative emotions and/or physical pain of the abuse victim can be unconsciously erased or partially erased in memory. Usually, the event is so tragic and traumatic that the patient may grow up to never be aware of the actual abuse.  

          Sometimes there are only “bits & pieces” remembered later in life when an individual attempts to understand the entire event that took place during their abuse.  

          According to Dr. John Sarno, author of the “MINDBODY PRESCRIPTION,” it is very common for abuse patients to experience chronic physical pain and continual health conditions after this traumatic experience, due to trapped emotions.

          Many patients are able to successfully regain their health by releasing the trapped emotions.  It is vital to  address all abuse experiences from the past and to attempt  to work through the emotional pain rooted directly to the abuse to successfully work towards healing and recovering.

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