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, Somatic symptom disorder is new diagnostic category in DSM 5. Somatic symptom disorder (previously known as somatization disorder) is the association of medically unexplained somatic symptoms with psychological distress and health -seeking behavior and is present in at least 10% to 15% in OPD. The aims and objectives were to Study medically unexplained symptoms and associated psychiatric co morbid conditions. 50 patients with long standing history of MUS were evaluated by using modified Bradford inventory. The most common symptomatic presentation during last 2 years in this study was feeling of weakness or lack of energy much of the time in both male and female respectively 94.7% and 96.7%, there were symptomatic differences in males and females, but severity of symptoms was higher among females. 13% of female pts had undergone hysterectomy due to persistent gynecological problems during course of illness. 82% pts had illness of more than 2 years. The mean duration of illness at the time of assessment was 6.8 years .Patients presented with somatic symptoms disorder has an another diagnosis in significant cases like Major depressive disorder, anxiety disorder, alcohol use disorder. Medically unexplained symptoms were common among female, but it was not uncommon in male. Patient suffering from Somatic symptoms disorder disorder has very high rate of health care utilization and they perceived themselves as severely ill and remained dissatisfied.