Medically Unexplained Symptoms
We all have physical symptoms – painful or uncomfortable feelings in the body – at different times in our lives. Usually they get better on their own, without any treatment. If they don’t, we might ask a doctor about them. Usually a physical cause can be found – but sometimes it can’t, even when blood tests and x-rays or scans have been done.
Symptoms like this are common. They can be called “medically unexplained symptoms”, because they are not due to a physical illness in the body. However, they can be explained, but to do this, we need to think about causes that are not just physical.
This leaflet is for anyone with physical symptoms without an obvious physical cause. It also explains what you can do to help yourself and what treatments are available. We hope the leaflet will also be helpful if you are a relative, friend or carer of someone with such symptoms. Read the full leaflet: Royal College of Psychiatrists