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Dealing With Unexplained Symptoms

Dealing With Unexplained Symptoms
How to deal with symptoms that are not explained by conventional medical diagnosis? There is no clear answer to this question. Now some doctors from Michigan State University are trying to answer this question. They have developed a revolutionary therapy plan that will allow primary care physicians to more effectively treat people who suffer from medically unexplained symptoms.

This is a problem that affects millions of people and can affect an already over-burdened health care system, as per Robert Smith, a doctor and professor in MSU's Department of Medicine, College of Human Medicine.

Smith and colleagues have developed a therapy plan, which involves a combination of behavior modification and therapeutic drugs, as well as a good dose of improved communication between patient and doctor.

These scientists have tested their novel therapy approach with about 100 patients. Smith and his colleagues found that nearly half of them showed significant improvement. Their findings were published in a recent issue of Journal of General Internal Medicine.

"What we did was use what they've learned in psychiatry and the pain clinics, which is cognitive behavioral therapy and pharmacological therapy," Smith said. "We simply adapted it for use by primary care providers. But the centerpiece of all this is the doctor-patient relationship."

It can be a frustrating to treat symptoms that are not medically explainable, symptoms can be frustrating for both patient and physician, Smith said.

"We're in a disease-based system and because of that fact, doctors don't especially like patients with medically unexplained symptoms," he said. "Conversely, patients are unhappy because their needs aren't being met".

The value of the doctor-patient relationship comes strong into play here, Smith said.

"For years we've taught our students the value of this relationship and it really works," he said. "It's about communicating, how to address emotion, how to respond to it, how to be empathetic. We integrated all of that into this therapy".



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How to deal with symptoms that are not explained by conventional medical diagnosis? There is no clear answer to this question. Now some doctors from Michigan State University are trying to answer this question. They have developed a revolutionary therapy plan that will allow primary care physicians to more effectively treat people who suffer from medically unexplained symptoms.

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