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How is psychogenic pain diagnosed?

A doctor might suspect psychogenic pain when a person complains of pain, but does not have a physical injury to support it. Therefore, a major part of the diagnosis has to be ruling out any other sources or causes of the initial pain before making the diagnosis of psychogenic pain. The individual is unable to describe the exact location of the pain and might also have difficulty describing the type of pain.

Dr. Marni Feuerman, LCSW, MFT
Marriage & Family Therapy
The diagnosis of psychogenic pain is made when other causes of pain are ruled out. A person with a pain disorder will complain of pain that does not match his or her symptoms. Medical doctors and mental health specialists working together are often most helpful to those with this disorder

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