My dad suggested I read the wiki article about C-PTSD the other day, and today it's over 100 degrees so I finally looked at it since I can barely move right now. Anyway, I've occasionally described certain experiences I've had with pain or doctors as being similar to PTSD, but different because I'm not really dying (that I know of) right now. I guess that with Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, you basically reluce traumatic memories, except that the traumatic situation is chronic. For example, there could be C-PTSD from a war that is going on, but doesn't have a clear ending, being talked by a relative's cult, or in this case, chronic pain. I just thought the wiki article was pretty interesting.
Thinking of you. I have C-PTSD too. It's a hard battle. With DBT it's a form of skill coaching to cope with the condition it has helped. By no means am I saying it is gone. Each day is a struggle but with the tools it helps the symptoms pass. I hope things improve for you. Sending light.
I have PTSD but not from chronic pain. Though when I have flair up's what I have PTSD from brings it all back worse then before, I often wondered if my emotional pain has connected to my physical pain.
Ferret Bandit: I just read up on C-PTSD because of your post. That hits the nail on the head for me. It was being raised in a cult religion that did it for me. I have other issues as well.. but that is the big one. I always knew it caused my ptsd.. and related fibro and mfs. So yes Moparmom.. I completely think that the emotional pain is directly related to my physical pain. I also know that when I am stressed thru a trigger of the ptsd.. I am in much more pain than normal and may take up to a week to work out the knots and for me to go back to my normal pain levels.. its why I try to avoid those triggers like they are the plague. (classic ptsd avoidance behaviours). But alas.. how do you live life without the constant reminders of religion? Let me tell you.. its impossible. I now am having to go thru all sorts of therapy to deal with it all.. and I am really not looking forward to it. I hope it helps.
Bentnbroken, just know I'm sending positive vibes your way, therapy is good for PTSD it did help me but of course it will never completely heal you as I still have flash backs every time I see a certain truck or car or someone who like a certain man I start to freak but I know I shouldn't, but I do. But it's the PTSD talking and my panic attack starting.