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Understanding Psychogenic Pain

If you stub your toe, you can feel pain. If you’re recovering from surgery, you can feel pain. But what if you suffer headaches, body aches, or some other pain without an obvious physical cause? It could be due to psychological distress.

Psychogenic pain is a pain disorder that primarily occurs due to psychological issues and is not the result of a physical condition. Common mental health conditions, such as depression and anxiety, can cause physical symptoms, from headaches to stomach pain, and this is what’s referred to as psychogenic pain.

Psychogenic pain is real, but with no specific physical cause, it can be difficult to treat. If you’re living with chronic psychogenic pain, you have options at Ketamine Integrative Medicine. Annette Lusko, DO, and our team specialize in ketamine therapy, a type of alternative medicine for chronic pain management.

What is psychogenic pain?

Psychogenic pain is the medical term used to describe pain that’s linked to psychological factors, not physical ones. Mental well-being and physical health are linked, and psychogenic pain can develop due to mental health conditions, such as depression, anxiety, and even specific events, such as heartbreak and grief.

Psychogenic pain feels different from person to person, but common symptoms include chronic issues, such as the following:

If you regularly experience pain that’s unrelated to physical health conditions, it may be psychogenic in origin. 

Possible causes of psychogenic pain

There’s no surefire way to detect and diagnose psychogenic pain. Your health care team may start by ruling out all possible physical causes of your pain. If your symptoms don’t align with a physical health issue, you may be diagnosed with psychogenic pain.

Psychogenic pain can be caused or made worse by emotional events in your life. Your emotions, along with fears and beliefs, may influence your body’s pain sensations. Some very common mental health conditions, including depression and anxiety, may cause chronic psychogenic pain.

Treating psychogenic pain with ketamine therapy

The root cause of psychogenic pain is psychological, and effectively treating it isn’t always easy. If you’re diagnosed with psychogenic pain, your health care team may first recommend nonnarcotic painkillers, antidepressant medications, and/or psychotherapy.

But if you’re still living with psychogenic pain after trying these options  — or you find that your mental health symptoms aren’t relieved with conservative therapies — it might be time to consider ketamine therapy.

Ketamine is an anesthetic, and it’s delivered as an intravenous infusion for therapeutic purposes. Each infusion lasts between 45 minutes to five hours, depending on your condition. You relax in a comfortable chair during the infusion, and you’re free to read, nap, or watch TV.

Most people need a series of infusions to achieve their best possible results. Once your infusion is complete, our team keeps you under observation for about one hour, and you’ll need someone to drive you home. 

Ketamine therapy can be beneficial for people who suffer from anxiety, depression, and other mental health conditions. Along with improving mental symptoms, it may address the chronic pain associated with them.

To learn more about ketamine therapy and to see if it can help you, book an appointment online or over the phone with Ketamine Integrative Medicine today.

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