If you experience unexplained physical symptoms, it is tempting to believe that the symptoms have an underlying physical cause, despite all the tests stating otherwise. You may dismiss any suggestion that psychiatric factors may be playing a role in your symptoms.
However, it is important to trust your doctor and have a strong doctor-patient relationship. This is necessary for getting help with somatoform pain disorder. The focus of treatment will be on improving daily functioning, not on managing symptoms.
Stress reduction is often an important part of getting better. Counselling for family and friends may also be useful.
Cognitive behavioural therapy may also help relieve symptoms. This will focus on correcting distorted thoughts and other types of behaviour that may lead to stress and anxiety.
If you are experiencing depression as a symptom of the disorder, your doctor may prescribe anti-depressants.