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What are functional somatic syndromes?

William B. Salt II., MD
Gastroenterology
Collections of medically unexplained symptoms are given a diagnostic name. In medical specialties, these symptom syndromes are called functional somatic syndromes, the most common of which are listed below.

Gastroenterology: irritable bowel syndrome (and over thirty other syndromes)

Rheumatology: fibromyalgia syndrome

Cardiology: non-cardiac chest pain; mitral valve prolapse

Pulmonology (respiratory medicine): hyperventilation syndrome; vocal cord dysfunction

Gynecology: premenstrual syndrome; chronic pelvic pain syndrome

Infectious disease: chronic fatigue syndrome

Neurology: chronic headaches

Otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat): dizziness; globus; temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJD); facial pain disorder; vocal cord dysfunction

Dentistry: facial pain disorder; temporomandibular joint disorder

Allergy: multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) / idiopathic environmental intolerance (IEI); multiple drug intolerance syndrome

Orthopedic Surgery: chronic back pain

Allergy: multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) / idiopathic environmental
intolerance (IEI); multiple drug intolerance syndrome

Orthopedic Surgery: chronic back pain

Urology: painful bladder syndrome (interstitial cystitis); painful
prostate syndrome (chronic prostatitis)

Surgery: chronic functional abdominal pain syndrome

All Specialties: multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS)/idiopathic environmental intolerance (IEI); multiple drug intolerance syndrome
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