Whether we are recovering from an injury, suffer from chronic pain or a chronic illness, or under going treatment for cancer, there will be a variety of emotions involved too. These can range from disbelief, denial, anger, sadness, and shame to anxiety and fear. Any negative emotion will have a detrimental effect on the condition, and delay the healing process.

But the reverse may also happen – that psychological issues can cause illness and pain. I believe that all physical conditions have an emotion and belief underlying them.  Good examples include conditions such as migraine, irritable bowel syndrome – IBS, asthma, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome and some causes of lower back pain. Any chronic pain that has been fully investigated and no cause found, is more than likely to be included. Any pain that tends to move around, vary in quality, comes and goes for no apparent reason with no pattern, will also very likely fit this category.

The mechanism behind symptoms that don’t quite fit a diagnosis is believed to lie in the subconscious. The subconscious is a bit like a pressure cooker – it is able to keep a lid on painful emotions, prevent them bubbling to the surface and so coming into our conscious. But occasionally they do, and when this happens the subconscious produces an illness or a pain as a distraction as it deems that the painful emotions are more dangerous than an episode of pain .

Before contacting me, please make sure your symptoms  have been fully investigated by your GP or specialist, to either rule out any serious illness or confirm a diagnosis .


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