Medically unexplained symptoms are common, accounting for up to 45% of all GP appointments and almost 50% of all new visits to hospital clinics in the UK.
Over 43% of the UK population now suffers from some form of chronic pain, most of which has no clear medical cause.
Hundreds of thousands more suffer from other unexplained symptoms such as chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, or digestive issues.
Modern medicine tends to focus on treating individual symptoms of chronic conditions rather than looking at the overall picture.
There is a lack of a holistic mind body approach.
Collectively these are known as Psychophysiologic Disorders (PPD) and the symptoms include chronic pain, medically unexplained symptoms, chronic functional syndromes, and somatisation disorders.
PPD is any illness caused by past or present psychosocial stress in the absence of injury or organ disease.
PPD has had many names and descriptions over the years including:
Before a diagnosis of PPD is made, the patient must have undergone appropriate medical testing by a medically qualified doctor to rule out any organic cause of their symptoms (such as cancer, inflammatory conditions, and fractures).
PPD symptoms are thought to be caused by learned neural pathways as an adaption to previous stressors, traumas, and repressed emotions. The process of PPD is likely to have begun as a protective mechanism to help the individual navigate through life by keeping these stressors out of conscious awareness.
Over time, the symptoms become problematic and disruptive. Pain and other symptoms are as real and debilitating as any organic injury or illness.
Accurate diagnosis and treatment of PPD can improve the patients experience of their care, reduce healthcare costs, and provide a more rewarding professional experience for clinicians.
The key to understanding PPD is to explore and identify the link between the body and mind.
Patients may sometimes be sceptical about the concept of PPD and explaining the link between body and mind to them is crucial. Investigation into all possible physical causes needs to be done first, to reassure them that nothing has been missed.
By understanding the Mindbody connection, many patients are now recovering from chronic pain and other conditions previous previously believed to be incurable.
Many people with chronic pain and other psychophysiological symptoms have experienced some form of psychosocial trauma or conflict.
These are neuroplastic symptoms.
Neuroplastic Pain is the most common neuroplastic PPD symptom.
The failure to identify and address these issues drives the chronicity of their condition.
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