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Somatization, secondary gain, and chronic pain: Is there a relationship?

Authors
  • Fishbain, David A.1
  • 1 University of Miami School of Medicine, Comprehensive Pain and Rehabilitation Center at South Shore Hospital, 600 Alton Road, Miami Beach, FL, 33139, USA , Miami Beach
Type
Published Article
Journal
Current Review of Pain
Publisher
Current Medicine Group
Publication Date
Jun 01, 1998
Volume
2
Issue
2
Pages
101–108
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s11916-998-0053-y
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
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Abstract

This article reviews the concept of somatization and its importance to chronic pain patients. In addition, this article addresses the hypothesis that some chronic pain patients may be using somatization for secondary gain. Evidence for this hypothesis is reviewed, and I conclude that there is very little scientific evidence to support this hypothesis now.

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