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J Health Psychol. 2009 Sep;14(6):741-50. doi: 10.1177/1359105309338973.

Life impact of urologic pain syndromes.

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  • 1Department of Preventive Medicine, Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, IL 60153, USA.


In order to explore the personal experience of chronic urologic pain we asked patients to journal in their own words their daily symptoms and the effects of those symptoms on home/family life, working life and social life. Journal responses were independently reviewed by three researchers and major themes summarized following an inductive approach. Three major themes were identified concerning symptoms, personal and interpersonal effects of symptoms and related role limitations. Fatigue emerged as a newly recognized symptom that may benefit from treatment. Role limitations are mediated by potentially modifiable personal and interpersonal effects currently not addressed in urologic pain treatment paradigms.

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