My Theory About Stress & Invisible Illnesses

I have read through many blogs about people having chronic illnesses, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis and many other invisible illnesses. I have talked to people over the years of my time dealing with invisible illnesses and came to notice that most people with chronic pain, fibromyalgia, interstitial cystitis, and other illnesses, have had trauma in their lives before developing symptoms of these illnesses.

I have the theory that pure traumatic stress has caused our bodies to develop these illnesses or syndromes. And once one illness develops, the body becomes weakened, leading to more stress, leaving the body free to develop more illnesses which leads to even  more stress.

It wasn’t until after PTSD, that I developed any of my invisible illnesses. I had a migraine occasionally, but they were not an issue until after the traumatic event. I had never heard of interstitial cystitis or fibromyalgia until after the PTSD.

I wonder how many of you, have had trauma in your past, or have been so overly stressed for a long period of time that your body weakened and chronic illness developed.

Please leave a comment if you think this theory holds any merit.

52 comments

  1. dray0308

    Tina, I can’t say that I’ve had any substantial stress or trauma in my life. I do know however that stress can manifest itself physically, so you never know. Your theory could hold some water. After all, I’ve heard crazier theories! lol
    Danny

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  2. Psy

    This is a very interesting theory. It makes sense, where a vicious cycle of stress and illness can ensue after having PTSD. Which seems to fit my case or life as well.

    I’d like to believe that it’s possible to break this vicious cycle and live a relatively “good” life.

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