Definition: It occurs in individuals experiencing exaggerated and disrupted physical symptoms in multiple areas of the body, accompanied by exaggerated thoughts impairing activities of daily living.
Symptoms: Muscle and joint pain, Low back pain, Tension headache, Chronic fatique, Non-cardiac chest pain, Palpitation, Non-ulcer dyspepsia, Irritable bowel, Dizziness, Insomnia
Treatment: You should have one primary care provider. You may also see a therapist. It's good to see a therapist who has works with treating SSD. take antidepressants to help relieve anxiety and depression. Observe your feelings and beliefs about health, Find ways to reduce stress and anxiety, Stop focusing as much on your physical symptoms, Recognize what seems to increase the pain, Learn how to cope with the pain or other symptoms, Stay active even if still pain is there or other symptoms are present, Function better in your daily life.Your provider should know how to work with you and how to handle both physical and emotional symptoms.
Statistics: The statistics related to Somatic symptom disorder, Recent epidemiologic studies reveal surprisingly high prevalence estimates for chronic pain. Using the World Mental Health version of the World Health Organization CIDI, the 12-month prevalence of chronic pain was found to be about 37% in developed countries and 41% in developing countries. When only moderate-to-severe pain is considered, lifetime prevalence rates drop to about 25% of the general population.These data are consistent with 3 Canadian surveys showing a prevalence rate for chronic noncancer pain between 19% and 29%, with most respondents reporting pain of moderate to severe intensity. Chronic pain prevalence increases with age, is greater among females than males, and among people with lower, compared with higher, socioeconomic status.Common causes of chronic noncancer pain include traumatic injury, surgery, and arthritis.The most frequent body locations for chronic pain include the low back, knee joints, head, and neck.