Somatization

Body Talk

In Peter Levine’s, In An Unspoken Voice, he refers back to Greek mythology to provide a visual of how to move through trauma. “Out of Medusa’s [fatal] wound, two mythical entities emerged:  Pegasus the winged horse and the one-eyed Chrysaor, the warrior with the golden sword.  The golden sword represents penetrating truth and clarity.  The horse is a symbol of the body and instinctual knowledge; the wings symbolize transcendence.  Together, they suggest transformation through the “living body.”  Together, these aspects…

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Somatization

In my mid 20’s, I began having uncomfortable digestive issues and inexplicable fatigue.  After eating, even a small amount, my abdomen would swell to the point of having to unbutton my pants.  I didn’t even do that after Thanksgiving dinner…so what the heck? I began scrutinizing what I ate; researching potential effects of various foods; food elimination and reintroduction.  Nothing.  Thus, began a 17+ year journey to solve the riddle of my body.  (I might mention that I absolutely HATE…

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