What is Cystitis?
According to Netdoctor, the term ‘cystitis’ actually means an inflammation of the bladder, although it's usually understood to mean ‘an infection of the urine affecting the bladder’. Cystitis is a common and painful illness that will affect 1 in 5 women at some point during their lives. Furthermore, 1 in 5 women who have had cystitis will get it again. Cystitis does occur in children and men, but at a much smaller rate than women.
Why do we get it? - Modern Medicine’s Explanation
According to NetDoctor, there is a long list of factors that can cause or influence cystitis, including toilet hygiene, congenital deformity in the urinary system, having a catheter, being pregnant, having frequent sex (honeymoon cystitis), parasites, contact dermatitis, chemical irritants, diabetes and more.
This very long list of just a few possible causes makes it clear that modern medicine is not really clear on what the real cause is, and they don’t reveal any conclusive answers as to why people get Cystitis.
The Meaning behind Cystitis, from a Meta-Health Perspective
Meta-Medicine explains how illnesses begin with an emotional shock. In order for a shock to trigger a dis-ease programme, it must be unexpected, dramatic, highly emotional and isolative.
To identify the specific shock that causes cystitis, we need to look at the bladder mucosa, which is the layer of the bladder that makes contact with the urine. The mucosa tissue is the barrier between the internal and external so it is related to our connection to the outside world- our social environment or territory.
Cystitis therefore is a territory marking conflict, an inability to set boundaries, mark the limits of our territory or define our position.
To understand this a bit more, it is useful to think about it biologically. For example, how does an animal such as a dog mark its territory? One of the main ways is through urine. The animal holds urine until it is needed in order to define its territory. As humans we still have these instincts but in a different context. Our territory often relates to the home, identity, beliefs or boundaries with others.
We may feel unable to mark our position in a conversation for fear of having our beliefs challenged, or fear of rejection. It is also common for people who live in shared accommodation to have disputes about territory, such as room use or feeling they have no territory to call their own.
One of the most well-known cases for women getting cystitis is during a new relationship, often referred to as ‘honeymoon cystitis’. Modern medicine claims that this is due to ‘excessive sex’. However it is often about feeling unsure where she stands in relation to this new partner.
Cystitis as a Two-Phase Pattern
Often people think of illness as fixed, but Meta-Medicine demonstrates how illness actually follows a two-phase process. In the case of cystitis, where the shock is a territory breach of some kind, we go into the first phase, which is a state of sympathetic stress characterised by:
- Fight, flight or freeze response
- Stress and tension
- Compulsive thinking about the shock or stressful event
- Reduced appetite
- Cold hands and feet
During this first phase of illness, the bladder mucosa is in stress. There is an ulcerative dilation of the bladder that allows more urine for ‘marking the territory’. This part of the illness usually goes unnoticed.
When we resolve the territory marking conflict, either by letting go or a change in circumstance, we go into the second phase of illness, which is a state of parasympathetic regeneration characterised by:
- Increased appetite
- Reduced thinking
- Warm hands and feet
In the second phase, the bladder mucosa swells, causing the painful cystitis symptoms; strong urgency, pain and burning when urinating and reddish or turbid urine. The second phase usually lasts the same length of time as the first phase did.
Where Do Viruses and Bacteria Fit In?
Viruses and bacteria are only active during the second phase of illness. Even if they are detected in the bladder, we know that they are not the cause of the illness because they weren’t active before the shock, during the shock or during the stress phase. Meta-medicine can explain how microbes are actually being used as biological helpers - they activate to normalise the body after a stress phase. They do this by either rebuilding or ridding the body or excess cells and tissues, depending on their type.
How Illness Becomes Chronic
At the moment we experience unexpected shock, the unconscious mind records all circumstances of the event. We record what was going on for all of our senses; visual, auditory, kinaesthetic, olfactory (smell) and gustatory (taste). From an evolutionary, survival perspective, it is crucial that we do this. By remembering all the details of the event, we have a built-in warning system, helping us to avoid the situation again in the future.
Whenever we experience any one of the things that were stored again, we are triggered back into the stress phase. When we experience the triggers frequently, we begin a chronic illness pattern.
Can It Be Resolved?
But the underlying issue that is causing the Cystitis has to be resolved.
Meta-Health has a very comprehensive framework and questioning process that assists the client in identifying life situations, thoughts and feelings that are creating stress for them. As well as helping the client gain awareness, we also use modalities such as EFT to help clients to release emotional charge surrounding the issue and walk the path to lasting change.
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