Talk to me about psychosomatic pain.
My 15 y/o daughter has been debilitated by back pain (pain level 7-10) for the past 6 months. It interferes with everything. She can't sit, stand or lay down comfortably and the pain is constant. She cannot even sit in the car for 10 minutes without extreme pain.
She has been to a Pain Mangment Ortho doc who has done an x-ray, MRI and CAT scan and aside from bulging disc (which he dismisses as a non issue,) and arthritis in her SI Joint. Pain injections have done no good and pain meds and anti-inflammatories barely take the edge off. Because of this, he told me today that he suspects she may be having psychosomatic pain that is stemming from avoiding school. (if this were so, why would she have had it most of the summer too?)
I'm open to exploring this as a cause but I'd like to hear more. I just don't want to dismiss a physical cause and go straight to a psychological cause without making sure we're not missing something.