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Psychosomatic Disorders

Feb 14, 2016 10:52 PM

My Dr has told me that we cannot rule out whether my symptoms are the cause of a psychosomatic disorder, such as conversion disorder. She is still trying to get me into a neurologist besides the one that will be conducting my nerve conduction testing. I suddenly feel crazy :(

Feb 14, 2016 11:13 PM

You are Not crazy! This is not what she was meaning...your pain is Real to you..therefore it is REAL.It is good that your doctor is sending you to see various other medical specialist.. Including psychologist.. Another very important speciality. Getting elvauated by other docotrs will only help you find out what's wrong and help you cope with life with chronic pain. I hope this post helps you to feel okay and reassured. Just cause the word psychosomatic comes does not mean CRAZY..be kind to yourself, relax, go to your appointments, get tested.The answer Will come and hopefully a complete wholistic healing path with pain management will help you live your life now to the fullest that you can. Additionally ,if you are applying for disability, all this stuff will help solidify the questions the government has. Rest easy, you are coming through this with flying colors and you are going to be okay. Much love and Blessings, Terri

Feb 14, 2016 11:45 PM

Dear CDNgirl,
I am unsure is your doctor a general doctor giving you this diagnosis or is it a psychiatrist? I think it is ok for them to rule things out, it is part of the process to better understand or get a diagnosis.

But I can understand the hurt, confusion and frustration.
It frustrates me when they send me to someone that I don't understand why they are sending me to because of their lack of knowledge or compantancy. I have multiple problems, medication and pain control issues. Some doctors don't want to weed through these types of patient problems. It angers me that they may use my mental illness or fibro and don't look into my concerns fairly, then I get worse.
No wonder why I get upset with appointments and health professionals. Then I start to question myself :(
I am glad I have come across some amazing people through my life. Others may be a test to challenge me, they invisibly make me stronger when I am weak and I need to fight for my rights when I feel it can not get worse but it has.
To me crazy is a harsh word.
Show them the way with respecting and continued caring for yourself.
Sincerely, Beets.

Feb 15, 2016 12:01 AM

I think Terri brings up some good points.
Psychosomatic is being used as a diagnosis, it can help to have this confirmed. To me it means that it may be a part of what a person may have or challenged with. It may be a part of you BUT NOT THE WHOLE OF YOU.
I will not judge your pain to my pain. I personally don't think that is fair. If you are saying you have pain, it is a matter of finding out what can help you for your situation.
You are not alone or different. You are your best advocate.

Feb 15, 2016 3:15 PM

Thanks ladies! I needed a pity party, clearly. It is my family doctor that told me that. I think her purpose was to let me know that even if the nerve conduction testing shows nothing there is still something going on. The nerve conduction testing is on March 4. She is a general practitioner and not specialized in neuro. That's why she wants me to see one. Psychosomatic freaks me out because I have no idea what to do! My doctor did give me amitriptyline for migraine prevention. I even had part of the day yesterday without a headache! That's the first time since Dec 17!!!

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