The World Pain Summit ’21 was free to attend for persons with lived experience, but was also for physicians and other allied healthcare professionals, so that we can deliver the best care for people with chronic pain. As a person with lived experience, here’s what you need to know from Day 1!
There is an overlap between trauma and chronic illness, which I think can also be important for us to understand. And by us, I don’t just mean healthcare professionals, but also persons with lived experience. Why do I think it’s important? Because I’ve seen a lot of people (mostly online in support groups) wonder about the whys. Does knowing why actually help?
The book, When the Body Says no is about how “stress” influences chronic illness. Now, stress encompasses a lot of things here, which is why I put it in quotations. It includes life stress, attachment, coping styles, trauma, adverse early childhood experiences, adult relationships, and so on.
Today I want to talk about some of the work of Dr. Gabor Mate, because, well, I find it quite
It’s not really a surprise that Spoonies have more stress than healthy folks. Chronic illness and chronic pain warriors just