Psychosomatic Issues in Chronic Pain Syndromes

  • Gerald G. Pope


Pain of uncertain etiology represents a major cause of disability in the United States with 790,000 cases of back pain hospitalized in 1984 (2nd leading cause of hospitalization)1, the term “chronic pain syndrome” being applicable where intractable multiple pain complaints exist in the absence of, or out of proportion to any underlying pathology, persist beyond a six month period, and they are usually associated with occupational or social disability, and psychological regression. Extensive review of the subject in the literature and our clinical and research findings suggest an interplay of psychologic, sociocultural and biologic factors in the production of the syndrome. Depression appears to play a substantial role in the pathogenesis of the sensory-affective experience of chronic pain.


Chronic Pain Vocational Rehabilitation Chronic Pain Syndrome Henry Ford Hospital Factitious Disorder 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gerald G. Pope
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  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryHenry Ford HospitalDetroitUSA

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