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Imagining Symptoms

  Dear Docter,
  Thank you for your response on 2/12/99. I not sure what you mean
  about somatoform disorder. Could you further explain this?
  I have been experiencing these symptoms in my urethra and
  testicle since early July, I am now in my 8 month. As I stated,
  I have been trying many things to reduce and better manage my
  anxiety and stress levels, and it has been working. My symtoms (symptoms)
  have greatly improved. I am certain that when I am over stressed
  and anxious the burning and aching in my urethra and testicle
  intensifies. But stress and anxiety can not be the cause.
  The doctors have found nothing anatomically wrong with me to this
  day. I'm still am experiencing discomfort especially after I
  urinate or ejaculate.
  I am continuing to follow up with my doctors however, Im starting
  to feel a bit uncomfortable. I feel as if they don't believe me.
  Should I express my concerns to them about this?
  Doctor, I am a very stable person and I feel that there is no way
  that I am imagining this. A person knows their body and I know that
  something is definitely different about mine.
  Thanks again for your response.
  Chris
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Dear Chris,
I am glad to that you are having success in decreasing your anxiety. The current focus of your clinical symptoms appears to be the burning and pain in your urethra and testicles. It seems important to continue discussing your concerns with your urologist and psychiatrist.
Somatoform disorders are characterized by physical symptoms that have continued for longer than 6 months, and can not be explained by any medical condition or investigation, with the symptoms being severe enough to cause significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other areas of functioning.
Somatoform disorders include Pain Disorder, Hypochondriasis, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, and Somatization Disorder, to name a few.
I hope you find this information helpful. It is provided for educational purposes only, and should not replace consultation with your doctors. Henry Ford Behavioral Services provides confidential evaluation and treatment, available by calling (313) 874-6680 for an appointment.
*Keywords: somatoform disorders, pain disorder, hypochondriasis, body dysmorphic disorder, somatization disorder





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