December 1, 2019

Emotional and Spiritual Causes of Fibromyalgia

View of the back of a woman with her hand on shoulder indicating tension or pain.

We were discussing Fibromyalgia in the Q&A group. This seems to be something that comes up again and again, and I do believe it has an emotional root. That's not to say it's all in your head, and if you were one of those early sufferers that heard that junk from a doctor, I'm very sorry.

No, having an emotional root differs from a problem that exists in your head. Emotional roots are the aftermath of a traumatic situation that lodged itself physically in your system and became a problem later on in life. 

Flower essences can only help to the degree an issue is emotionally rooted, and I think most chronic conditions are. Ideally we take a multi-faceted approach to healing, not just a focus on the physical, not just a focus on the mental. Generally though, we usually combat physical problems with physical answers like nutrition and medication.  All good, but if that hasn't fixed it, it's time to look at emotional healing. 

"Flower essences definitely help hugely with fibro. Perhaps consider Align or Aftershock to start with. 
On a bad day with a flare up I’d simply go for
Crisis Care. And keep going if necessary.

My understanding is that fibromyalgia is emotions stuck in my body. So it comes down to feeling what I’m feeling (tough job in itself) and addressing it. I’ve made amazingly good progress and hardly ever have any neck and shoulder pain anymore. Which considering 20 years and two surgeries, weekly headaches etc. is liberating!

- A commenter in the Facebook group -

That Facebook comment is a perfect example of how you heal just about anything, not just Fibromyalgia.

 Addressing the feelings.

You don’t have to determine what feelings go with what illness if you make a lifestyle of processing everything well. It will take unlearning your “repress and move forward” way of coping. Nonetheless, there are commonalities that go with Fibromyalgia, so let’s explore those. 

C-PTSD and Muscle Armoring

Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder does regular PTSD one better. It’s from long-term trauma instead of acute. Some examples of how one might develop C-PTSD would be from living with an abuser, being held captive, or in a situation that was emotionally or physically unsafe for you over a long period.

It’s most likely not C-PTSD itself that is the problem, but the muscle armoring that goes with it. Muscle armoring is often a byproduct of C-PTSD and means your muscles are always tensed, on guard, braced for impact and it’s just a way of life. You might not even know it’s a problem unless a massage therapist tells you. Arnica and Dandelion flower essences can be helpful here. Aftershock is a post-trauma blend with Arnica in it. Align is a blend for back and neck issues with both Arnica and Dandelion.

When something bad happens, or is about to happen, our bodies are built for fight or flight. Those who “freeze” instead internalize more trauma. Our armor then becomes our main go-to for any later stressful situations in life, be it a suspenseful TV program or a coworker sending hate vibes.

Muscle armor can also keep emotions under control. If anger wasn’t considered appropriate, or if crying got you negative attention, armor can become your container. Cherry Plum flower essence can help you navigate safe ways to express intense emotion. Cherry Plum is also in Crisis Care essence, along with the aforementioned Arnica. There are other essences too if it’s a specific emotion that needs a release. 

Abandonment and Dad Issues

Other common themes are abandonment, feeling unsupported or not nurtured by a male figure, (dad, husband etc). It can also relate to childhood wounds from your mother’s relationship with your father, or other men. In these situations, we’d do Heart Healer and/or Sunflower.

Performance Stuff

Do you feel like you have to do things right to be loved? Was/is affection withheld unless you do/say/act the right way? Do you feel like you have to do all the work in a relationship? Do you feel you have to prove your worth?  Peak Performance or Bravely You are good in these scenarios.

Childhood Trauma

Some people believe Fibromyalgia is an autoimmune disease because many of the symptoms are common among other autoimmune disorders. However, Fibromyalgia doesn’t cause inflammation, and they haven’t found autoantibodies or evidence that it does body tissue damage. If it is an autoimmune condition, I unpacked the link between autoimmune and early childhood trauma in this post.

What you need essence-wise will depend on what happened to you, and how you reacted/coped with it.  I have heard from many people who have healed fibromyalgia. 

Keep after it! You can do it! 


Founder of Freedom Flowers, Seneca has a strong understanding of frequencies found in nature and how they bring healing to the spiritual, emotional and thus, the physical body. She understands that humanity often shuts down in defense of pain or violation, and she knows what to offer to “unlock” areas that have become dormant over time. Seneca has a burning desire to bring healing to our issues in a gentle and natural way.