Psychosomatic Pain & Cures

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Psychosomatic Pain & Cures
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Many factors contribute to psychosomatic pain. At its heart, it refers to a physical manifestation of a psychological symptom. You may, for example, experience chest pain after a relationship ends or a loved one dies. How best to manage or cure psychosomatic pain depends on the type of illness and its likely cause. Many approaches have shown promise, and there is hope for those who suffer from pain for which there is no discernible basis.

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The Facts

According to Dr. Samir Chaukkar in "Psychosomatic Disorders and Homeopathy," psychosomatic disorders can arise due to environmental, social, genetic or hereditary factors. Pain can manifest itself through the cardiovascular system, such as through heart palpitations or rapid heartbeat. If your digestive system is involved, you may experience stomachaches or be more susceptible to the bacteria responsible for gastric ulcers. Your nervous system could react through headaches or twitching. Other bodily systems can be involved as well, and many physical illnesses can be exacerbated by emotional pain and stress.

Relief from Pain

Reducing stress, improving self-esteem and enhancing your communication skills can all be helpful in preventing or managing the psychological causes of pain. Chaukkar suggests that by expressing yourself directly and not suppressing your anger or anxiety, you can release the internal stress and pressure that contributes to the physical manifestations of pain. If you suffer from psychosomatic pain, choosing a doctor who takes psychological and social factors into account when developing a treatment plan is especially beneficial.

Considerations

Psychosomatic pain may originate in childhood. In "Psychosomatic Pain: New Insights and Management Strategies," Dr. Jay Rubin reports that 20 per cent of men and 40 per cent of women who suffer from chronic pain have been emotionally, physically or sexually abused. For such patients, better results are achieved when physicians validate their experience, empathise with their pain and treat both their physical and psychological symptoms. Conversely, patients find doctors who disregard or dismiss symptoms quite frustrating and discouraging.

Warning

People seeking relief from pain have a variety of options, including yoga, nutrition, acupuncture and chiropractic medicine to name a few. Dr. Silvia Hartmann, creator of EmoTrance, suggests that psychosomatic illnesses are caused by an imbalance in the energy system. Be advised, however, that many alternative theories and treatments have been not vetted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. If you are in severe emotional or physical distress, consider taking a trusted friend or family member to any consultations regarding your pain management.

Significance

Effective pain management is critical to our nation's health. According Kathryn Weiner, Ph.D., Director of the American Academy of Pain Management, approximately 50 million Americans live with chronic pain. Regardless of the cause, untreated pain often leads to depression, isolation and diminished self-esteem. If you suffer from psychosomatic pain, believing that you can find relief and taking steps to identify and implement a treatment plan will enhance your ability to heal. Taking charge of your health is the first step.

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