MUS: Tips & Advices

With Medically Unexplained Symptoms (MUS), the ultimate and real cause is often difficult to determine.

At ICMC De Bron, we have over 15 years of experience with MUS. We have combined our extensive knowledge and history in this area with the experiences of our clients over the years. This bundle provides the tips and advices below to support people with Medically Unexplained Symptoms (MUS).

(temporary) diary

To find the real cause it is important that you learn to recognize a pattern. A “diary” is an useful tool for this. Enter your current findings there, such as:

  • Where and when do you experience the complaints?
  • What are the circumstances the moments you experience these complaints;
  • What thoughts do you have with these complaints;
  • What is your (primary) response to the situation;
  • How does your environment react then.
Plan
  • Based on these patterns, make a plan.
    What can / should I change to remove or minimize the chance of complaints?
  • How can I react differently to the complaints (for example: if the complaint occurs I continue to move, but pay more attention to a relaxed posture);
  • How do I positively involve my environment in my complaints?
Accept the situation
  • Fighting against a certain situation makes no sense. It just takes you further from home.
  • Accept the situation as it is, and from there try to take constructive actions;
  • Talk about it and discuss it in your area (family, friends, environment, work, etc.). That makes it easier for yourself, and others can take it into account and support you if necessary.
Integral health

It may be crazy to think about an integral health while experiencing unexplained complaints. But for your total health it is important that you tackle all your health problems.
When you feel fitter, you also feel stronger and you can handle much more.

  • Provide adequate and good night’s sleep;
  • Try to move enough, without ‘overstraining’;
  • Take breaks and rest in time;
  • Eat healthy and varied;
  • Do not smoke, drink in moderation and do not use drugs.
Thoughts and feelings

As stated, we assume that body and mind influence each other. This also means that the mind, your thoughts and emotions are important for your physical complaints.

  • Try to look at your situation in a different, positive way;
  • Positive thoughts can help you restore courage and confidence;
  • Try to pay attention to (small) things around you;
  • Try to talk about your concerns and feelings. That is important and relieves. Sharing your concerns with others can ease the tension;
  • Also provide distraction and relaxation.