STRESS, TRAUMA, SOUL AND BODY – PART II Assessing Whether You Have Autoimmune Conditions

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Submitted by MAVA National CDR

 Mulzim R. Fidai,

Peer Support Specialist 

Many times in visits to physicians, neither doctor or patient links illness symptoms with traumatic stress. They don’t see the connections between those events and the mind, heart, gut and body in general and don’t consider that responding to traumatic events may have lowered cortisol levels into the danger zone.

To determine whether traumatic stress has impaired your immune function and led to the development of any autoimmune conditions, check off any of the conditions you’ve experienced either now or in the past. (American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association 2012)

  • Atypical chest pain, hypertension, cardiac rhythm changes, EKG abnormalities
  • Body stiffness
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome or Epstein-Barr virus
  • Chronic Lyme disease
  • Chronic pelvic pain without a physical cause (especially if you are a victim of sexual abuse)
  • Chronic unexplained pain
  • Crohn’s disease (a chronic inflammatory disease of the gastrointestinal tract that typically involves the distal portion of the ileum and is characterized by cramping and diarrhea)
  • Delayed wound healing
  • Endometriosis (the presence and growth of functioning endometrial tissue in places other than the uterus in women, that often results in severe pain and infertility)
  • Esophageal pain mimicking heart attack, including spasms and constrictions
  • Extreme or chronic chemical sensitivity and environmental sensitivity
  • Fibromyalgia (a chronic disorder characterized by widespread pain, tenderness, and stiffness of muscles and associated connective tissue structures that is typically accompanied by fatigue, headache, and sleep disturbances)
  • Grave’s disease (a common form of hyperthyroidism characterized by goiter and often a slight protrusion of the eyeballs)
  • Guillain-Barre syndrome (affects your nerves and may prompt a domino-like effect on the systems in your body, such as your breathing and cardiovascular functions, among others)
  • Hashimoto’s thyroiditis (chronic swelling, inflammation of the thyroid gland that often results in reduced thyroid function)
  • Herpes simplex virus outbreaks
  • Increase of hepatitis B symptoms
  • Irritable bladder syndrome
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Multiple sclerosis (a demyelinating disease marked by patches of hardened tissue in the brain or the spinal cord and associated especially with partial or complete paralysis and jerking muscle tremor)
  • Psoriasis (a chronic skin disease)
  • Rheumatic fever (an acute disease that occurs chiefly in children and young adults and is characterized by fever, by inflammation and pain in and around the joints, and by inflammatory involvement of the pericardium and heart valves)
  • Sarcoidosis (a chronic disease of unknown cause that is characterized by the formation of nodules especially in the lymph nodes, lung, bones, and skin)
  • Scleroderma
  • Systematic lupus erythematous (SLE)
  • Thyroid problems
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Unexplained dizziness
  • Unexplained irregularity of vital signs (heart rhythm’s, blood pressure values)
  • Unexplained tinnitus (ringing in the ears)

If you checked several of them, be sure to talk to your doctor or your health care provider about what connections might exist between your traumatic experiences and any physical illness. Also be sure to ask your doctor to have your cortisol levels checked.

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