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Info on misdiagnosis of somatization disorder

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • September 3, 2006
  • 02:08 AM

I have chronic spine problems, including surgery and nerve damage. I have been misdiagnosed as having a somatizing disorder. I would like to find out about other people with similar diagnosis, who have been misdiagnosed as "somatizing" a vague disease afflicting hysterical women with emotional problems. I believe the correct definition is "without underlying physical condition", but that is used loosely by Doctors to describe women without obvious physical symptoms. I had a ruptured disc in my back and was misdiagnosed. I am curious about others with similar situations.Thank You

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  • >>I have been misdiagnosed as having a somatizing disorder.My mother has been diagnosed with this disorder and she believes it to be "misdiagnosed."She has been to doctor after doctor after doctor and they tell her that there is nothing physically wrong with her. There has been several doctors that have stated that it is somatization disorder.The tricky thing about somatization disorder is that the person has real physical symptoms that is caused by psychological problems. It is typically a chronic condition.The problem is that since the person with Somatization disorder experiences real physical health problems, they tend to not believe that it could be caused by psychological problems. Because of this, my mother has came up with a complex story stating that all her problems stemmed from having a bad root canal. She now believes that every doctor is part of a massive conspiracy to protect dentists and that all the doctors are just waiting for her to die. Even worse is the fact that my father too believes in these ridiculous conspiracy theories.My mother used to run sevaral miles every day, play tennis, etc. She used to be the kind of person who could never sit still, but now she is almost completely disabled from this disease.I want my mother to get the psychological help that she needs, but I don't know how to help her.She now doesn't want me to even come home to see her at Christmas because she believes that she is highly contagious and doesn't want me to catch what she has.I don't know what to do.mdoino: I pray you will at least consider that the doctor may be right. By all means, seek out a second opinion, but please don't take the path that my mother has taken. Even though the pain you feel is real, it is possible that with the right psychotropic medication, the pain may be alleviated. May God help you through this tough time.
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    • December 3, 2006
    • 04:41 AM
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