The Hidden Cause of Chronic Pain

What is the hidden cause of Chronic Pain?

In a recent episode of Causes or Cures, Dr. Eeks chats with Dr. David Clarke about the hidden cause of chronic pain and something he refers to as “the biggest blind spot” in the healthcare community. He discusses how adverse childhood experiences, traumas and stresses create chronic pain in adults and how they makes changes in the body. He also shares remarkable stories of patients he has successfully treated with something called Pain Relief Psychology.

Don’t worry if you’ve never heard of adverse childhood experiences (ACES). They are often discussed in public health, because they are linked to many issues later in life. Dr. Clarke will explain all this in the podcast and how they are part of the hidden cause of chronic pain.

Chronic pain is a massive issue to day. It is something that impacts people of all ages, including more and more young people today. While some causes are relatively easy to grasp (such as excess weight on the body creating pain), what Dr. Clarke talks about may be news for many. I also appreciate how he focused on the link between the mind, body and spirit, something a lot of mainstream doctors don’t dare touch. Yet. it. matters.

Dr. Clarke is the President of the Psychophysiologic Disorders Association (PPDA), a nonprofit dedicated to ending the chronic pain epidemic. He earned his medical degree from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, and is Board-certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. His organization’s mission is to advance the awareness, diagnosis, and treatment of stress-related, brain-generated medical conditions. You can learn more about him at

Please tune into the episode on the hidden cause of chronic pain here! 

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