CHRONIC FUNCTIONAL ABDOMINAL PAIN
Chronic functional abdominal pain (CFAP) is one of more than thirty functional GI disorders (syndromes) that have been described, the most common of which is irritable bowel syndrome.
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There is an epidemic of symptoms, pain, discomfort, and symptom syndromes. Everyone hurts. The symptoms are real and not imagined.
WHAT''S GOING ON?
Medically unexplained symptoms (MUS), pain, and discomfort and their related symptom syndromes (collections of medically unexplained symptoms, called functional somatic syndromes), such as irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue are a common worldwide problem affecting hundreds of millions of people. Furthermore, they are a source of frustration and dissatisfaction for both patients and health professionals, because they are without agreed upon biomarkers (diagnostic medical tests) or pathophysiology (cause). They are currently defined and diagnosed based upon symptom criteria. The diagnostic process frequently involves the exclusion of organic disease, which is both costly and inclusive of potential risks.
These medically unexplained symptoms and complex symptom-based syndromes commonly overlap with one another (people frequently have two or more symptom syndrome diagnoses, such as both irritable bowel syndrome and fibromyalgia), and they are frequently associated with symptoms of depression, anxiety, somatization, and stress sensitivity. The association of symptoms and symptom syndromes with depression is a particular source of confusion and frustration for both patients, health care professionals, and other caregivers.
THERE IS HOPE FOR YOU
The concept is emerging in the medical literature that these symptoms and complex symptom-based syndromes share certain pathophysiologic features (such as central nervous system pain amplification) as well as common genetic (“nature”) and environmental (“nurture”) vulnerability factors. Furthermore, syndrome-specific genetic and environmental factors contribute to the individual syndrome manifestations.
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