We studied 73 children with chronic or recurrent musculoskeletal pain of ≤6 weeks' duration. Thirty-six children had no identifiable organic etiology for their pain, with a minimum follow-up of 2 years for ongoing symptoms. Thirty-seven children had an organic etiology for their pain. Use of an Inappropriate Symptom Checklist was helpful in distinguishing between children with chronic pain who were found to have an organic disease and those without an identifiable organic disease. Seventy-seven percent of children with no inappropriate symptoms had an organic diagnosis ultimately made. Conversely, 79% of children with two or more inappropriate symptoms ultimately had no organic diagnosis to explain their pain. Behavioral self- report measures testing could not differentiate between children with chronic pain with or without organic disease. Intervention by a psychologist skilled in pain management was helpful.
- Chronic pain
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine