Depression, anxiety, and other emotional problems can cause pain -- or make existing pain worse.
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 will 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 when other causes of pain are ruled out. A person with a 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:
- Non-narcotic painkillers
Ask a health care provider for more information if you suspect that someone you care about may have psychogenic pain.