When negative emotions give physical symptoms. Feeling so sick!

womenSomatization disorders consist of chronic and recurrent somatic complaints, which cannot be explained by physical causes, or at least exceed what would be expected from a known physical problem. These complaints result in seeking medical attention repeatedly. Complaints are subjective and heterogeneous (dizziness, tinnitus, sore throat and dry mouth, pharyngeal globus, ‘pseudo’ eustachian tube dysfunction, being ‘unable to hear’, acouphenes, catarrh and postnasal drip, atypical facial pain, burning mouth, chronic cough, fatigue, weakness, sleep difficulties, headache, muscle ache and joint pain, problems with memory, attention and concentration, irritability, nausea and other gastro-intestinal symptoms, palpitations, shortness of breath, non-cardiac chest pain, fibromyalgia and other chronic pain syndromes, tension type headache, chronic whiplash, failed back syndrome, sick building syndrome, multiple chemical hypersensitivity, irritable bowel syndrome). It would be interesting to study with ad hoc created psychophysical experiments how the brain regions involved in processing anxiety and sadness exactly interact with brain primary and associative areas involved in specific sensory or body perceptions

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