How is amplified musculoskeletal pain syndrome in children diagnosed?

Because pain is a symptom of many diseases and conditions, diagnosing AMPS can be difficult. The doctor must evaluate the cause(s) of the pain, and eliminate other possible diseases and conditions.

There is no blood test for AMPS. To arrive a diagnosis, the doctor will take the child’s complete medical and family history, including any earlier illnesses or injuries. The doctor will also want to get a sense of the child’s emotional state, especially any instances of mental illness, family dysfunction, or incidents at the child’s school that might cause psychological stress and contribute to the child’s pain.

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