Medically Unexplained Symptoms

The term ‘medically unexplained symptoms’ refers to bodily symptoms or complaints one might experience that do not appear to be symptoms of a medical conditions. This does not mean that the symptoms are faked. They are real and can impact significantly on your functioning. According to NHS published data, medically unexplained symptoms account for up to 45% of all GP appointments and 50% of all new visits to hospitals in the UK.

Some common medically unexplained symptoms include but are not limited to:

  • Blurred vision
  • Bowel issues such as diarrhoea and constipation.
  • Breathlessness
  • Chest pain
  • Feeling faint or dizzy
  • Feeling unusually tired and weak
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Heart palpitations
  • Muscle, joint, or back pains
  • Numbness, tremors or tingling of the limbs
  • Paralysis
  • Stomach issues such as feeling bloated and pain

When to seek help

Many people that experience medically unexplained symptoms might also suffer from other psychological issues such as depression or anxiety. Treating psychological conditions can help with alleviating medically unexplained symptoms. If you are experience physical complaints or symptoms that are not link with a medical condition therapy / counselling can be beneficial.

Dr Maria Pournara, Chartered Psychologist offers therapy / counselling online to help you deal with medically unexplained symptoms.