2019 study article looking at emotional repression and chronic inflammatory rheumatisms (CIR) ( rheumatoid arthritis and spondyloarthritis). It also highlights how adverse childhood experiences increase the risk for CIR later in life.
What they found:
“Our results and those reported in the literature highlight the importance of emotional dysregulation, especially emotional repression, on CIR etiology and prognosis.
“The intensity of key early life events was significantly more severe for CIR patients than those with other diseases. Cutolo and Straub (21)(22) showed that stressful events preceded RA onset for 86% of their patients.”