According to John C. Sarno, M.D. in his book, “The Divided Mind”, our emotions of grief and loss may cause some or all of our physical pain. His theory is that the mind will reduce oxygen to certain parts of the body producing pain so as to distract us from the emotional pain, so we do not have to face it. Of course Noah Webster knew that grief involved pain. He defined grief back in 1892. Though Mr. Webster was talking about mental pain we have learned through the century plus since, that physical pain also commonly develops.
It has been described for example, back pain sharp and stabbing that also may move around. According to Professor David Alexander, “If you listen to people who are damaged emotionally, they will often translate their pain into physical similes: ‘My head is bursting, my guts are aching’ and so on. The parallel is very strong.” Further research may suggest that people who are not adapting to bereavement are also those who experience the greatest levels of physical pain.
When experiencing pain it is important to assess the chronology (frequent?), character (where?), quality (dull?), intensity (what makes it better?) and how it is affecting one’s lifestyle. This pain may also involve low energy, nausea, hypertension and dizziness, distorted perception of time and distance, or heaviness (as if you are made of lead). Make sure you get sufficient amounts of rest, food and water. See your physician to make sure you are not aggravating prior physical ailments and Inform your physician what is going on in your life. Ask someone to stay with you if possible. Supplement your diet with vitamins and minerals. Follow a deep relaxation routine, including breathing exercises and listening to soothing music, especially prior to bed and sleep times. I hope these help. This is Sunrise.