Somataform disorder?

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Dan's Mother
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   Posted 6/17/2009 11:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Has anyone been diagnosed with a Somataform disorder?  It is also known as Briquet's syndrome.  According to Wikipedia, it is a psychological disorder characterized by physical symptoms that mimic disease or injury for which there is no identifiable cause.  Any feedback on this would be greatly appreciated. 

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   Posted 6/17/2009 12:24 PM (GMT -7)   
I was diagnosed with this 5 years ago. I think it's BS.
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   Posted 6/17/2009 1:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Hubby has been given this diagnosis at least a couple of times.
In my personal opinion -- don't buy into this nonsense. It just means that not only are the medical doctors confused, but the psychologists are confused as well.
Or you might be labeled with a conversion disorder or as a hypochondriac or even with pseudoseizures.
Especially if psycotropic meds make you worse and you have not yet found a physical cause for your symptoms.
Or another favorite is anxiety/depression.
Balancing amino acids is a big part of balancing brain chemistry with tickborne diseases, but in my opinion nutritional supplementation and herbs work much better than psychotropic meds and are much less likely to cause side effects.
Hubby had 3 psych admits early in his illness so we have way to much personal experience dealing with this stuff.
Bea Seibert

Dan's Mother
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   Posted 6/17/2009 2:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all for your replies. As always this forum comes through with answers. This information is for a fellow lymie who has be dxd by a neurologist with Somataform Disorder. Most of us on this forum have had to deal with doctors who have told us that it is all in our heads, so I hope when she sees these responses, she will realize that she is not alone.

Frango, Dan is doing better all the time. He is currently on weekly infusions of sub-q IG and we are seeing really good progress.

Bea, I couldn't agree more about the amino acids and supplements. I saw a big difference in Dan's myoclonic jerks when we started to address the gut problems including a wheat allergy.
At one point, Dan was dxd with psuedo seizures while in a psych hospital. The psychiatrist would point at him and say "No more seizures!" That was his treatment!!!!

Take Care

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   Posted 6/17/2009 4:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Dan's Mother said...
 Somataform disorder?   it is a psychological disorder characterized by physical symptoms that mimic disease or injury for which there is no identifiable cause. 
Don't let this screw with your head or Dan's head.... I question this BS DAILY!!!!  There's this tiny little part of me that says "what if it is all in your head?"..... "  I was told this over and over again for 13 months until I tested positive for LD.  Now, when I excercise for 10 minutes and then can't get out of bed for 2 weeks, I know my body is sick.  Simple disease, made crazier by the day.  Hope this helps!

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   Posted 6/17/2009 5:33 PM (GMT -7)   
If a person looks up the DSM V diagnostic criteria for Somatoform Disorder, every person in the world could meet the criteria with little is so broad and vague that it is essentially a useless nondiagnosis indicating the incompetance and/or laziness of the physician who makes the diagnosis. Furthermore, if a medical doctor makes the diagnosis without consulting a psychiatrist, they are overstepping their bounds...

Just my humble opinion.........
Chronic Lyme Disease, Gluten & Sulfite Sensitivity, Many Food/Inhalant/Medication/Chemical Allergies & Intolerances, Asthma, Gut issues (dysmotility, non-specific inflammation), UCTD ("Secondary Lupus-Like Syndrome"), Osteoporosis, Pancytopenia, chronic malabsorption/malnutrition, etc.; G-Tube; Currently TPN-dependent.
Meds:  Zofran, Pulmicort, IV Ceftazidime, Heparin (to flush PICC line), Claritin, Colloidal Silver (used topically), probiotics, homeopathy.

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   Posted 6/17/2009 5:38 PM (GMT -7)   
My professional opinion on this topic is that the doctor who may have suggested this to you is in the dark about Lyme. Find someone else! Blessings
Diagnosed 2003 Lyme, Babesia, Bartonella, Micoplasma,Hashimotos Thyroiditis. Have had since early nineties. [/color]

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   Posted 6/17/2009 7:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Can I say something about this?

If this is the case, be careful. IF and only IF you think you have it -- have a history of prior hypochodria -- seek help for this in addition to the Lyme. Otherwise, a vicious cycle of never getting well could result.

Just a thought. One easy way to tell. When you read a symptom, do you get the symptom?
Bit June 08.

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