Hey again Justin and Mercedes! I'd love to hear your ideas on how trauma (including developmental, shock, medical, and/or chemical/toxin traumas) manifests as physical illnesses. Personally, I've been dealing with severe debilitating chronic fatigue for the past 12 years. First I had an emotional shock trauma, which resulted in major digestive issues and pain. And then a few months later, I did a 21 day water only fast at a fasting clinic (long story which seemed like a good idea at the time). After the fast was when the severe fatigue, insomnia, irritability, sensitivity to noises and smells, inability to focus and concentrate, memory issues, hopelessness, helplessness, constant rumination, immune issues, and more, all started. I'd never experienced these symptoms before the combined traumas. I'm sure it didn't help that I was constantly in a state of self condemnation and regret for having done the fast. Also, my body literally shut down - my thyroid, immune system, digestive system, hormonal system, brain, etc. Now I know that this was because I was (and still am) in survival mode - in retrospect, I realize that the fast was a trauma, and I relate it to starvation, in which my body thought it was dying, so it put all its resources into survival. There were days in which I could barely function and even walk. But I also had severe insomnia. Some people with severe CFS are bedbound. I've gotten better in the past 3 or so years, but I'm still not completely out of the woods, and I've been having a lot of setbacks lately. I'm sure you're familiar with the famous ACE study, which correlates childhood trauma to adult disease - cancer, autoimmune, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, etc.
Are you familiar with Irene Lyon's work? Her online course for healing the nervous system and trauma is based on the work of Peter Levine, Kathy Kain, Stephen Porges, and Feldenkrais. Here are some excellent intro videos, if you're interested. It seems like the course is a very comprehensive approach to healing the nervous system. Apparently, many practitioners take her course too.
I'd love to hear your thoughts on trauma manifesting as physical conditions. Thank you!