I grew up with asthma and had debilitating chronic fatigue (ME/CFS) for many years. Understanding trauma, which I never thought I had experienced myself, has made sense of my illness, my symptoms, the pace and timing of onset in my 30s, the ups and downs of flares, and much more. I learned to recognize the effects of different types of trauma on my health and resolving old traumas has enabled me to begin to heal. This is my story.
Research I Never Knew as an MD
Most of us with chronic illness discount our difficult experiences as just a part of ordinary life. The research shows us otherwise. This series tells the story, step by step of how different kinds of trauma affect risk for many chronic illnesses. It turns out that experiences alter our genes. The emerging science offers new tools for working with symptoms. And it can help make sense of your chronic illness.
Research Summary on Chronic Illness & Trauma
50% of risk for many chronic illnesses comes from non-genetic factors, including trauma. A large body of evidence from diverse fields of science helps explain flares, why some people get sick after trauma when others do not, and why symptoms sometimes begin long after a stressful event. It also shows how multigenerational trauma, a difficult birth, adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and other events shape our health. The new science offers insights for treatment and prevention.