Psychogenic pain

What is meant by psychogenic pain?

Psychogenic pain is presumed to exist when no nociceptive or neuropathic mechanism can be identified and there are sufficient psychologic symptoms to meet criteria for somatoform pain disorder, depression, or another Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) diagnostic category commonly associated with complaints of pain. As mentioned previously, psychogenic pain is rarely pure. More commonly, psychological issues complicate a chronic pain syndrome or vice versa.


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