Erica and Susan

Pain Without a Diagnosis: The Complexities of Managing Medically Unexplained Symptoms

Jul 27, 2023 | Assessment | 0 comments

In this episode, we delve into the perplexing realm of medically unexplained pain and the challenges it presents for healthcare professionals. 

Join us as we navigate the complex landscape of patients who continue to experience pain despite thorough medical examinations revealing no discernible underlying cause. 

We explore the frustrations and uncertainties faced by both patients and practitioners in these cases, as well as the importance of validating patients’ experiences and concerns. 

We share insights on the various factors that contribute to medically unexplained symptoms, including psychological and emotional aspects, and discuss the potential impact of stress, trauma, and other psychosocial factors on pain perception. 

We also explore evidence-based approaches for managing and treating these conditions, ranging from interdisciplinary pain management techniques to the role of psychological interventions. 

Join us as we shed light on this often misunderstood aspect of patient care and strive to find solutions for those living with medically unexplained pain.

A glance at this episode:

  • [5:01] Managing patient expectations
  • [9:21] What’s challenging you with your patients
  • [14:08] How to help patients figure out what they need
  • [17:29] Determining if your patient needs time off
  • [22:20] Identifying what once-a-week treatment means for your patient
  • [27:01] What would it take to move the patient’s expectations
  • [33:24] Managing expectations of referral sources
  • 39:38] Knowing when to refer out

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