Psychogenic pain - what is it?

Psychogenic pain - what is it?

Psychogenic pain originates from psychological factors rather than physical injury. It highlights the deep connection between mental and physical health.

If you suffer from an unexplained pain that does not go away, pay attention.

Psychogenic pain is a kind of pain that feels real but lacks a detectable physical cause. It can mimic chronic headaches, back pain, and gastrointestinal issues.

Patients and doctors find no physical abnormalities despite thorough medical tests. Psychogenic pain stems from stress, anxiety, depression, and unresolved trauma.

For example, prolonged stress can cause tension, headaches, or muscle pain. Emotional trauma can lead to chronic pain, triggered by the body's complex physiological response.

Treating psychogenic pain requires a holistic approach. So what should you do?

First, before you decide that it is really psychogenic, make sure to eliminate all possible physical reasons. Sometimes, we overlook the reason why something is occurring.

Pain can appear in one part of the body, yet it originates from a completely different source. Having eliminated all other sources, look at a holistic way of healing this kind of pain.

Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) is essential, helping patients change negative thought patterns and develop healthier coping mechanisms.

Mindfulness and relaxation techniques, like meditation and deep breathing, are crucial. These practices reduce stress and promote well-being, which can lessen pain.

Regular physical activity, a balanced diet, and adequate sleep also help manage psychogenic pain.

Addressing underlying psychological issues is vital. Therapy with a licensed mental health professional can resolve emotional trauma and build healthier coping strategies.

For anxiety or depression, medication may be necessary, which indirectly reduces pain.

Personally, I don't really like the term "it is in the mind" when it comes to dealing with people. I have seen too many cases of people who were told that their problems were in their minds, only to discover genuine reasons for their ailments.

So, see if you can find the reason before you turn to emotion regulation.

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