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Chronic pain and childhood trauma

April 2, 2018

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Emily Grace Grace
May 4, 2018

I agree with you, there are several branches of chronic pain and one of them relates to childhood trauma. Childhood trauma leads to different psychological effects on children. This may lead to permanent chronic pain also. The reason I am saying this because I was also had also experienced the same, though I improved a lot after attending regular sessions from the doctors of Physician Partners Of America. Now I am living a normal life. The key is, we have to push it hard to treat our-self and the result will be as good as you want.

Howard Schubiner MD
April 12, 2018

Your story is very moving!
There is hope for pain reversal when it is connected to childhood trauma.
We just published an article demonstrating that an emotion focused therapy was superior to CBT in dramatic pain reduction in people with fibromyalgia, many of whom had childhood trauma.
Here’s the link:,.10.aspx
Best wishes on your journey.
Howard Schubiner MD

Priscilla Morris M.D., M.B.A.
April 11, 2018

I also have found a strong connenction to psychological trauma/childhood abuse and chronic pain in my pain practice. Have realized that in these cases, we often go about treatment in the entirely wrong way. I agree with Dr. Schechter and plan on reading his papers on this subject.

David Schechter MD
April 8, 2018

In my experience quite a bit of physical pain is misdiagnosed as being due to an incidental structural finding on x-ray or MRI scan. In fact quite a bit of this pain is due to prior emotional trauma, personality factors, psychological stress anxiety, fear, anger, and grief. My work begins with first diagnosing the problem correctly in reviewing those imaging tests and examining the patient carefully. Then we work on both the cognitive aspects of understanding where the pain comes from and also the emotional processing of both current and past issues. This approach is been very successful in treating over 2500 patients and I’ve published some papers on this as well.
David Schechter MD

Angela Silvernail
April 8, 2018

This blog is exceptional! Thankyou everyone for your personal truths , while helpings others, like myself! ♡♡♡

April 4, 2018

Mickel Therapy is based on this link between chronic stress and physiological health. However, the difference is that our approach towards helping our clients with emotional issues actually is successful at treating the connected physical conditions.

April 4, 2018

“While the causality between childhood adversity and adult chronic illness has yet to be fully determined”


Nancy Schwartz
April 4, 2018

Facinating blog! This makes complete sense in relation to the mindbody connection. I think this type of research could go further relating ACE adverse childhood experiences to older adult being more prone to dementia/alzhiemers disease.

Daun Kauffman
April 2, 2018

Is there a link or citation for the 2014 article in Journal of Women’s Health ?

Nancy Ferrari
April 5, 2018

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