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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. A person with a psychogenic pain disorder may complain of pain that does not match his or her symptoms.

Types 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 only when all other causes of pain are ruled out. A person with psychogenic 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 may include:

Ask a doctor for more information if you think that someone you care about may have psychogenic pain.

 

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Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on March 03, 2013
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