Can getting sick be a form of buffering?

I have been dealing with chronic health issues for the past few years and I often think there is a psychosomatic component to it. I’m doing things to address the physical nature of my symptoms but I’m wondering: Can getting sick (or staying sick) be a form of buffering? I ask this because in practical terms I have noticed that when I have a period of being sick it takes up my full attention and prevents me from acting consistently on projects that I have fears around.