How to Overcome Somatization Disorder
Somatization disorder is often categorized with hypochondria, panic attacks, depression and fibromyalgia. They all have one large thing in common, and it is that western medicine and psychology does not have any guess as to what truly causes them. There are lots of guesses and theories, but none of them choose to believe in the obvious.
Your Body is a physical manifestation of your Spirit and your Mind.
Slowly but surely, modern medicine is catching up with this ancient knowledge. However, since it will take them a while, I will explain it here in this article. As Somatization disorder is categorized as an unexplained amount of distress and pain in the body, it is simple to understand what truly causes it. It's barely complicated at all.
Because your physical body is simply a manifestation of your spirit and mind, it will quickly start to show the state of health that your spirit and mind are in, through physical ailments. If you're feeling depressed, the body often takes on influenza like symptoms. If you're constantly worried or anxious, your body might start to show the signs of low immune system functions. The list can go on forever, and there are no physical ailments that cannot be explained by the connection (or lack of) to the spirit and mind. None of them can function without the others.
So with this in mind, it is important to remember a few key aspects.
1) You cannot heal the mind and spirit through attempting to band aide symptoms
2) If you heal the mind and spirit, the body will follow suit
3) The body will never truly be healthy when the mind, spirit and body are not all in balance. It will continue to manifest the true feelings of your spirit and mind, even if you are very good at masking those feelings in your subconscious.
To overcome Somatization Disorder, you will need to:
(a) Remember that Pain Is Only Temporary. I know that it seems like it's there constantly and that you fear it might never go away, but the pain really is only temporary, it cannot be continuous unless you allow yourself to think that it is. Think back, can you not remember times when the pain was not there, or not as bad? This is your clue, and once you accept that no pain can be constant, the pain will already start to lessen.
(b) Remember that pain is what lets you know your body is working, it lets you know that you are alive. Even the pains that alert us to dysfunctions and problems in the body, is still a positive aspect. It is the body's way of saying "WAKE UP! You Need to do something about this!!" The trick with somatization, is to remember that pain is and can be bearable. Part of the disorder, is that it is characterized by the mind being too alert and over sensitive to pains that a normal mind would ignore. You will need to remember that although you are in pain, that pain doesn't need to stop you from doing anything. And in fact, the more you let it stop you from continuing your life, the more it hurts, doesn't it?
It is also essential to remember that pain medications, tranquilizers, valiums and muscle relaxers can make your situation worse. If you must take something for pain, go herbal. Cannabis has many great anti-inflammatory, pain killing, cell regeneration, anti-viral and immune system boosting qualities that you can utilize. Dandelion tea is another one you might try, as it is great for inflammation and detoxifying the body. Pharmaceutical "numbers" have a way of making the mind go numb from the pain that was not so bad originally, and once you are out of those medications, the body automatically puts out hormones to make the pain feel like it's ten times worse. This is part of the addictive nature of prescriptions and if you are taking them, you are making the battle ten times worse.
(c) Live your life, and learn to take the hurdles as they come. Remember that yesterday and tomorrow DO NOT EXIST, except in your mind. Only today matters, as even when tomorrow comes, it will not be tomorrow, it will be today. The past is the past, and we can never go back to it, except for in memories. Try not to hold to fears of future pain, diseases or death. If you spend all of your time worrying about being sick or dying, before you know it, you'll be knocking of deaths door and won't have spent any of your time living. The key to overcoming somatization disorders is to remember that you are still among the living and as long as you are still among the living, there is no use worrying about dying.
(d) Lowering your stress level is another fundamental step to overcoming the battle with somatization disorder, especially since the disorder is often linked with anxiety and panic attacks. Taking simply steps to lower your stress level can help alleviate pain, bring your renewed energy and start to heal you. Some great ways to start lowering your stress are to practice meditation, yoga and taking time for yourself every day. Reading a great fiction novel is often a great escape and should not be underestimated in it's ability to lower stress levels.
It's also important to focus on not trying to eliminate stress. Especially since not all stress is bad for you, and you will never completely eliminate stress from your life. The trick is to controlling the amount of stress you take on and learning better coping skills for dealing with that stress.
(e) Detoxifying your body through exercise and proper nutrition is another ally to align with. As hard as it might be to get up and walk around the block at least once a day, it's going to be that much harder for everyday you refuse to do it. The body is fickle. The less you use your muscles, the quicker they atrophy and the more pain they cause. The more you use them, the stronger they get, the more resistant to pain they become and the sooner you start to walk away from all the pain. Diet works the same way. If you spent most of your time going for convenience food instead of healthy food, then you're asking for more trouble. It's no secret that cancer forms as the bodies response to an over abundance of toxins in the system, and the culprit is often your diet. This works the same way with somatization. If you eat crap, you will feel like crap. Simple as that.