What complications are associated with somatic symptom disorder?
A person with somatic symptom disorder is at risk for repeated episodes of symptoms. He might suffer from reactions or health problems related to multiple tests, procedures, and treatments. In addition to the pain and frustration this disorder often causes him and his family, repeated episodes can lead to unnecessary and risky procedures, as well as high medical bills and trouble functioning in daily life.
Genuine medical problems can be missed in a person with a long history of having tests with negative results, because doctors may assume the person's complaint is caused by a psychiatric problem, rather than a real physical illness.
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