Reliving a Traumatic Event
I was driven out to see a client in the middle of a raging Wisconsin blizzard.
Jane (not her real name) was having severe stomach pain.
One of her legs reacted strongly when she talked about her child being stillborn.
(LEFT indicates boy, and RIGHT indicates girl. It was 1980 or 1981, so the actual gender is lost down the proverbial memory hole.)
I examined her irides, and she had the classic white irritation halo around her pupils.
The stomach is a reflex to the womb.
Fred J. Taussig, M.D. (“Uterus and Stomach: Their Anatomic, Physiologic and Pathologic Relationship,” Journal of the American Medical Association, Sept. 19, 1908) wrote …
“From a purely clinical standpoint, hardly any two abdominal organs stand in closer relationship than the stomach and the uterus. Thus we have the nausea and loss of appetite during menstruation, the vomiting and craving for certain special foods during pregnancy, the various gastric disturbances accompanying the menopause and the frequent association of gastric and gynecologic diseases.”
Jane wailed and cried, discharging her overload of grief and anguish.
Her severe stomach pain completely disappeared.
The next day, over the phone, she told me …
“When you were working on me — and this may sound strange — I didn’t ‘remember’ what happened — I was THERE. I relived it.”