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Psychogenic Pain

What is psychogenic pain?

Psychogenic pain is a pain disorder associated with psychological factors. Some types of mental or emotional problems can cause, increase, or prolong pain.

What are the symptoms of psychogenic pain?

Headaches, muscle pains, back pain, and stomach pains are some of the most common types of psychogenic pain.

How is psychogenic pain diagnosed?

The diagnosis of psychogenic pain is made when organic (related to or affecting a bodily organ) causes of pain are ruled out. A person with a pain disorder will complain of pain that does not match his or her symptoms. Medical doctors and mental health specialists working together are often most helpful to those with this disorder.

How is psychogenic pain treated?

Treatment for psychogenic pain might include:

  • Psychotherapy
  • Antidepressants
  • Non-narcotic painkillers

Ask a health care provider for more information if you suspect that someone you care about might have psychogenic pain.

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