If you suffer from chronic pain, chances are that you have probably seen a few doctors about how to get on the path to healing. Have you heard from any of them that the pain is all in your head?
This is something that we commonly hear, however according to the International Association of the Study of Pain’s definition of pain, anyone who believes he or she is in pain, is in fact in pain and it is real.
Chronic pain can be very unique in the terms of it not fitting a physician’s idea of a disease process because the work-up many not real definitive, measurable pathology and all objective- test results may be negative or have vague abnormalities.
In order to make a diagnosis, a psychiatrist or psychologist has to judge that psychological factors are much more important than physical ones regarding pain causality. Pain of psychological origin rules out muscle tension, which would make it physical in origin, and delusions or hallucinations, which would make it psychotic in origin.
These mental disorders have to be diagnosed before the pain can be dismissed as non-organic. If the physical trouble is of an unknown origin, it may mean that modern medicine has a limited understanding of this pain, not that the pain is psychogenic.
You can read more about psychogenic pain in chapter four of Dr. Gruft’s book, From Pain To Wellness.
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