Gosh, Really?

Medically unexplained physical symptoms (Mups) are one of the most common problems in modern medical practice,

Of course, if they were exp\’lained physical symptoms then they wouldn\’t be problems, would they?

7 thoughts on “Gosh, Really?”

  1. So Much For Subtlety

    I hear that Multiple Sclerosis has explained physical symptoms. We know just what and how it does what it does. We probably even know it is a virus considering Iceland didn’t have any before World War Two when the American Air Force probably brought it. On the other hand I don’t think we have many useful treatments much less a cure which means it may remain a bit of a problem for some people.

    I think this is a triumph of PC-speak. We know what sort of people have Mups. With a stress on the first word “Medically”. I am sure there are plenty of other explanations for those people and their symptoms.

    I would suggest that in most cases a health course of electro-shock therapy would see most of those symptoms disappear. If not, repeat.

  2. “I would suggest that in most cases a health course of electro-shock therapy would see most of those symptoms disappear. If not, repeat.”

    I’ve always thought spoilt brats of either sex and any age, young offenders, and politicians would all be best served by dropping them into the Alaska wilderness for a week with a pocketknife and book of matches for company. Those that survived would be less of collective pain in the derriere. May as well add malingerers. 😉

  3. “…dropping them into the Alaska wilderness for a week with a pocketknife and book of matches for company…”

    A little unfair on the bears, cougars and wolves! Isn’t it bad enough that people are addicted to junk food, without addicting the wildlife too?

  4. So Much For Subtlety

    I might have been a little harsh. Someone in my family did complain for years about pain. Turned out to be a huge benign tumour they had some how missed for five years after writing her down as melodramatic. But not very.

    Look, we give reasonable sums of money to people if they don’t work. Is it any surprise that a lot of people will convince themselves that there is something wrong with them – I don’t even think it is dishonesty. In similar circumstances the German Army, rejecting Freudian psychiatry, refused to allow soldiers with “paralysed” limbs to get out of the Army. They were kept in uniform, near their units and treated with electro-stimulous (yep, that’s just what it sounds like) until they went back to their units. The German Army had a much much lower rate of psychiatric casuality rate than the West – and they stayed less time in hospital after.

    Occasionally tough love works.

    Of course they probably shot a lot too which would keep the figures down but let’s not let facts get in the way.

  5. “A little unfair on the bears, cougars and wolves! Isn’t it bad enough that people are addicted to junk food, without addicting the wildlife too?”

    True, I hadn’t thought of that…but your comment makes me wonder if maybe bears, cougars and wolves might *prefer* them to healthy, virtuous vegetarians.

    Think we could get a government grant for the experiment?

  6. “(Mups) are one of the most common problems in modern medical practice”

    hmmm…I am a medical specialist and I have never heard the term in twenty years of medicine. Have met many of the patients though.

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