PTSD In The Body: The Physical Side of Symptoms

August 1, 2014 Michele Rosenthal

Back when I was struggling with symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) I was also struggling with mercury poisoning, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, Celiac Disease and suspected liver cancer. Sounds crazy, right?

How your body expresses the level of psychological stress in your mind is a very real and very treatable situation.

How PTSD Expresses Physically

It's normal for survivors with PTSD to have not only psychological symptoms of anxiety, panic but physical symptoms as well. It's incredibly normal for survivors with PTSD to have not only psychological symptoms of anxiety, panic and other related issues. They often have physical symptoms, too, from rashes to digestive ailments to muscle and joint problems.

Why this happens and how you can reverse it are the topics covered in this month's audio....

Michele is the author of Your Life After Trauma: Powerful Practices to Reclaim Your Identity. Connect with her on Google+, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and her website

APA Reference
Rosenthal, M. (2014, August 1). PTSD In The Body: The Physical Side of Symptoms, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 16 from

Author: Michele Rosenthal

July, 11 2018 at 3:03 pm

how do I find the audio?

December, 30 2015 at 4:34 pm

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Barbara Blansett
August, 8 2015 at 9:02 pm

I don't understand why some Drs cant comprehend you know your body more than they do. You tell them all the problems you're having and they diagnose their beliefs. I'm not saying this about all mds. No-one except you know whats going on. They cant measure the extent of the stress you're suffering and the length of that suffering. Stress takes a toll on your body including digestive problems, migraines, ulcers, insomnia, eating disorders, depression and anxiety. The concentration problems and the manner in which it consumes your life. You're paying them to help and they need to listen more accurately and do everything in their power to assist you in giving you quality of life. They are Drs out there that understand. Keep trying till you find one that will help. After all, its your life.

November, 14 2014 at 12:45 pm

This is quite interesting, however I wonder whether this is simply an association. In any case, this is an important factor that should be taken into consideration in treatments prepared for those who are going through PTSD. This should also be considered in ongoing research, especially those linking the susceptibility to PTSD to genes. In finding a way to inhibit these genes using microRNA as a possible method of treating PTSD, one should also look into the connection of these physical manifestations of PTSD and their connection to these genes. Therefore, a solution involving the use of microRNA can possibly also treat the physical effects.

September, 18 2014 at 9:44 am

I throw up when I get stressed out and there is no warning time. This digestive impairment has been ongoing since 1980. It's embarrassing to have to run through a restaurant with a full mouth or walk down a crowded sidewalk and have to turn to the street to toss. More so than feeling embarrassed often, I am worried about the strain all of this vomiting has on my organs and teeth.

August, 8 2014 at 8:09 am

Great article. It's unfortunate that many doctors do not give the appropriate treatment. In my case my doctor looks at my records and says "you have a very complicated medical history, what am I gonna do with you. Where do I start?" :(

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