Transient Non-specific Medical Conditions

In the practice of medicine, a physician will encounter two categories of medical conditions.  One is the so-called transient non-specific medical condition and the other is the specific medical condition.

A transient non-specific medical condition is a phenomenon in which the patient feels ache or pain or anything in his body but which is transient lasting for a short period of time, spontaneously resolving and which does not indicate a specific disease entity.   In contrast, a specific medical condition is a phenomenon in which there the patient feels something in his body and which is indicative of a specific disease entity.

The exact cause or mechanism of the symptom in a transient non-specific medical condition is not readily and exactly identified.  It may be caused by mild hormonal, chemical, physical or temperature changes.  It may be psychogenic.  The symptom spontaneously disappears and no specific disease entity can be identified.

What to do with the transient non-specific medical conditions?   Just monitor. Just do watchful waiting.  If the symptom is persistent, increasing in intensity, and falling within known symptoms of a disease, shift and look for a diagnosis of a specific medical condition.

Physicians should be aware of the existence of such a category (transient non-specific medical condition) aside from that of specific medical condition. Otherwise, there will be tendency for medicalization.   Medicalization is defined as the process of identifying or categorizing a condition as being a disorder requiring medical treatment or intervention and if fact, there is no requirement.

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