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The podcast and book were started with my patients in mind. Due to time restrictions, I recognized the need for more education on fibromyalgia and related illnesses. If you have not checked out the book, the podcast is meant to supplement what was covered there. Many people worldwide will never be able to see me as their doctor, and I hope this podcast offers valuable insights, information, and wisdom from a medical doctor using a multifaceted evidence-based approach from the perspective of a pediatrician, internist, lifestyle medicine physician, and clinical lipidologist. If you are a doctor or another health care professional caring for those with invisible illnesses, I hope these serve you well. Many people have either been told or read that fibromyalgia isn't real or that it is just all in their heads. This misunderstanding, unfortunately, causes harm and is a disservice to those suffering. If you are one of the estimated more than 10 million people in the United States who are suffering from fibromyalgia, then you know it is real. If you don't have fibromyalgia, you will, at a minimum, gain a deeper understanding of what you or your loved one is experiencing. If you have fibromyalgia, you will feel validated for what you have endured. I have over 27 years of experience as a doctor and am continuing to learn about medical problems, including invisible illnesses like fibromyalgia and related problems. You can learn more by visiting www.conqueringyourfibromyalgia.com.

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The podcast and book were started with my patients in mind. Due to time restrictions, I recognized the need for more education on fibromyalgia and related illnesses. If you have not checked out the book, the podcast is meant to supplement what was covered there. Many people worldwide will never be able to see me as their doctor, and I hope this podcast offers valuable insights, information, and wisdom from a medical doctor using a multifaceted evidence-based approach from the perspective of a pediatrician, internist, lifestyle medicine physician, and clinical lipidologist. If you are a doctor or another health care professional caring for those with invisible illnesses, I hope these serve you well. Many people have either been told or read that fibromyalgia isn't real or that it is just all in their heads. This misunderstanding, unfortunately, causes harm and is a disservice to those suffering. If you are one of the estimated more than 10 million people in the United States who are suffering from fibromyalgia, then you know it is real. If you don't have fibromyalgia, you will, at a minimum, gain a deeper understanding of what you or your loved one is experiencing. If you have fibromyalgia, you will feel validated for what you have endured. I have over 27 years of experience as a doctor and am continuing to learn about medical problems, including invisible illnesses like fibromyalgia and related problems. You can learn more by visiting www.conqueringyourfibromyalgia.com.

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Ep. 146 Enhancing Care for Chronic Invisible Illnesses Through Understanding and Alliance. Part 3

4/17/2024
In this last episode of the series with Laura Hogan and Sarah Meuler, both specialized physical therapists, they discuss the significance of patients sharing their personal stories encompassing childhood, strengths, and traumas. They underline the therapeutic value of building trust through listening to patients' narratives, especially for those living with chronic invisible illnesses such as POTS, fibromyalgia, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. 00:00 Welcome to the Interview Series on Chronic Invisible Illnesses 00:27 The Power of Patient Stories in Physical Therapy 02:11 Building a Therapeutic Alliance and Addressing Emotional Aspects of Chronic Pain 05:34 Understanding the Complexity of Chronic Pain Management 07:51 The Importance of a Comprehensive Approach in Physical Therapy 11:56 Prevention and Family Involvement in Managing Chronic Conditions 24:00 Closing Thoughts and the Future of Physical Therapy The fibromyalgia starter pack categorizes the episodes in a way that is more accessible for those new to fibromyalgia. Support the show A Fibromyalgia Starter Pack, which is a great companion to the book Conquering Your Fibromyalgia, is now available. Dr. Michael Lenz practices general pediatrics and internal medicine primary care, seeing patients from infants through adults. In addition, he also will see patients with fibromyalgia and related problems and patients interested in lifestyle medicine and clinical lipidology. To learn more, go to ConquringYourFibromyalgia.com. Remember that while Dr. Lenz is a medical doctor, he is not your doctor. All of your signs and symptoms should be discussed with your own physician. He aims to weave the best of conventional medicine with lifestyle medicine to help people with chronic health conditions live their best lives possible. Dr. Lenz hopes that the podcast, book, blog, and website serve as a trusted resource and starting point on your journey of learning to live better with fibromyalgia and related illnesses.

Duration:00:27:44

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Ep. 145 Empowering Patients with Invisible Illnesses Part 2

4/10/2024
This episode is part 2 of the conversation with physical therapists Lauren Hogan and Sarah Mueler, discussing the lack of updated physical therapy care for patients with chronic invisible illnesses. The discussion emphasizes the importance of understanding one's condition for better management, debunking the 'no pain, no gain' philosophy, and the role of self-monitoring and journaling in recognizing the body's responses to different activities. Special attention is given to empowering patients to take control of their healthcare, the challenges and strategies for managing conditions like POTS and fibromyalgia, and the overall goal of re-establishing a sense of control for those dealing with invisible health conditions. 00:00 Introduction to Chronic Invisible Illnesses and Physical Therapy Insights 01:03 Understanding Pain and Gaining Control 02:25 Empowering Patients in Their Healthcare Journey 04:27 The Role of Journaling and Activity Monitoring in Managing Chronic Conditions 16:16 Navigating the Challenges of POTS and Autonomic Conditions 20:09 The Power of Listening and Personalized Care in Physical Therapy 25:09 Concluding Thoughts and Key Takeaways The fibromyalgia starter pack categorizes the episodes in a way that is more accessible for those new to fibromyalgia. Support the show A Fibromyalgia Starter Pack, which is a great companion to the book Conquering Your Fibromyalgia, is now available. Dr. Michael Lenz practices general pediatrics and internal medicine primary care, seeing patients from infants through adults. In addition, he also will see patients with fibromyalgia and related problems and patients interested in lifestyle medicine and clinical lipidology. To learn more, go to ConquringYourFibromyalgia.com. Remember that while Dr. Lenz is a medical doctor, he is not your doctor. All of your signs and symptoms should be discussed with your own physician. He aims to weave the best of conventional medicine with lifestyle medicine to help people with chronic health conditions live their best lives possible. Dr. Lenz hopes that the podcast, book, blog, and website serve as a trusted resource and starting point on your journey of learning to live better with fibromyalgia and related illnesses.

Duration:00:29:20

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Ep. 144 Beyond the typical Physical Therapy: Informed Approaches to Chronic Pain Part 1

4/3/2024
In this podcast episode, hosted by Dr. Michael Lenz, guests Dr. Sarah Mueler and Lauren Hogan, both doctors of physical therapy, share their insights on managing chronic pain and related conditions like Fibromyalgia, POTS, Ehlers Danlos, and Chronic Fatigue syndrome. They discuss the multidimensional approach required for managing such conditions, detailing their personal journeys into physical therapy, the generalized training physical therapists receive, and the importance of specialized knowledge in chronic pain syndromes. They emphasize the role of the central nervous system in pain perception and the strategies they use for treating patients with nociplastic, centralized, or chronic overlapping pain syndromes, including the significance of patient education on pain understanding, highlighting the impact of education on reducing pain, and fear associated with chronic conditions. 00:00 Welcome to the Podcast: Unveiling the Power of Physical Therapy 01:28 Introducing Our Special Guests: Trailblazers in Physical Therapy 01:50 The Personal Journeys into Physical Therapy: Dr. Sarah Mueler and Lauren Hogan 03:41 Understanding the Scope of Physical Therapy: From Generalists to Specialists 04:43 Navigating the Complexities of Chronic Pain Syndromes in Physical Therapy 08:15 The Long Game: Tailoring Physical Therapy for Chronic Conditions 10:17 Decoding Pain: The Challenge of Diagnosing and Treating Nociplastic Pain 21:29 Empowering Patients: Strategies for Managing Nociplastic Pain 25:29 Wrapping Up Part One: The Importance of Understanding Pain The fibromyalgia starter pack categorizes the episodes in a way that is more accessible for those new to fibromyalgia. Support the show A Fibromyalgia Starter Pack, which is a great companion to the book Conquering Your Fibromyalgia, is now available. Dr. Michael Lenz practices general pediatrics and internal medicine primary care, seeing patients from infants through adults. In addition, he also will see patients with fibromyalgia and related problems and patients interested in lifestyle medicine and clinical lipidology. To learn more, go to ConquringYourFibromyalgia.com. Remember that while Dr. Lenz is a medical doctor, he is not your doctor. All of your signs and symptoms should be discussed with your own physician. He aims to weave the best of conventional medicine with lifestyle medicine to help people with chronic health conditions live their best lives possible. Dr. Lenz hopes that the podcast, book, blog, and website serve as a trusted resource and starting point on your journey of learning to live better with fibromyalgia and related illnesses.

Duration:00:28:47

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Ep. 143 ADHD, An important Look beyond Childhood

3/27/2024
Understanding ADHD in Adults and Its Comprehensive Management This episode features the second part of an interview with ADHD experts Mindy and Jeffrey Katz. The discussion revolves around the prevalence and impact of ADHD not only in children but also in adults, emphasizing its significant role in the lives of those with chronic conditions like fibromyalgia. Various aspects such as the underdiagnosis of ADHD, the challenges posed by electronic medical records for healthcare professionals with ADHD, and the coping mechanisms for managing ADHD are explored. The episode also delves into the advancements in ADHD research, the issue of medication shortages, the importance of accurate diagnosis, and the concept of neurodiversity. It ends on the note of encouraging better education and awareness about ADHD among healthcare providers and the general public. 00:00 Introduction to ADHD in Adults 00:19 Understanding the Podcast and Its Host 01:14 The Impact of ADHD on Chronic Pain Patients 03:33 The Challenges of ADHD Diagnosis in Adults 04:17 The Role of ADHD in Medical Professionals' Lives 05:24 The Connection Between ADHD and Obesity 06:17 The Struggles of Adults with ADHD 14:25 The Impact of ADHD Diagnosis on Adults 18:55 The Evolution of ADHD Understanding and Treatment 33:56 The Importance of ADHD Screening and Diagnosis 39:01 Conclusion and Final Thoughts The fibromyalgia starter pack categorizes the episodes in a way that is more accessible for those new to fibromyalgia. Support the show A Fibromyalgia Starter Pack, which is a great companion to the book Conquering Your Fibromyalgia, is now available. Dr. Michael Lenz practices general pediatrics and internal medicine primary care, seeing patients from infants through adults. In addition, he also will see patients with fibromyalgia and related problems and patients interested in lifestyle medicine and clinical lipidology. To learn more, go to ConquringYourFibromyalgia.com. Remember that while Dr. Lenz is a medical doctor, he is not your doctor. All of your signs and symptoms should be discussed with your own physician. He aims to weave the best of conventional medicine with lifestyle medicine to help people with chronic health conditions live their best lives possible. Dr. Lenz hopes that the podcast, book, blog, and website serve as a trusted resource and starting point on your journey of learning to live better with fibromyalgia and related illnesses.

Duration:00:42:18

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Ep 142 Exploring ADHD: Personal Experiences and Expert Perspectives with Mindy and Dr. Jeffrey Katz

3/20/2024
Understanding ADHD: Insights from Experts Mindy and Dr. Jeffrey Katz The podcast episode features husband and wife duo, Mindy and Dr. Jeffrey Katz, who are experts in the field of ADHD. Mindy Katz, a life coach with a master's in social work, specializes in helping adults with ADHD using a variety of therapeutic approaches, including positive psychology and cognitive behavioral therapies. Dr. Jeffrey Katz is a psychologist focusing on ADHD, learning disabilities, and behavioral problems across all ages. The couple shared their backgrounds, insights into ADHD's impact on behavior and health, and the importance of understanding and acceptance in managing ADHD. They also discussed their experiences with the American Professional Society of ADHD and Related Disorders (APSARD) and CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder), highlighting these organizations' roles in advancing research, education, and understanding of ADHD. The episode emphasized the challenges individuals with ADHD face, such as executive function issues, prioritization difficulties, and the need for motivational structures. The discussion aimed to provide a comprehensive overview of ADHD, shedding light on its complexities and the importance of targeted support and advocacy. 00:00 Introduction to the Session 00:27 Introducing the Special Guests: Mindy and Dr. Jeffrey Katz 01:53 Understanding ADHD and Related Disorders 02:44 The Importance of Conferences and Resources 03:04 Welcoming Jeffrey and Mindy to the Podcast 03:12 Background 05:12 The Journey of Mindy and Jeffrey into the World of ADHD 08:08 Understanding the American Professional Society for ADHD 08:22 The Role of Chad in ADHD Advocacy 15:17 The Challenges of ADHD and the Importance of Early Diagnosis 22:40 The Impact of ADHD on Adults 25:25 Understanding Executive Functions in ADHD 27:37 The Struggle with Motivation in ADHD 30:03 Conclusion and Key Takeaways The fibromyalgia starter pack categorizes the episodes in a way that is more accessible for those new to fibromyalgia. Support the show A Fibromyalgia Starter Pack, which is a great companion to the book Conquering Your Fibromyalgia, is now available. Dr. Michael Lenz practices general pediatrics and internal medicine primary care, seeing patients from infants through adults. In addition, he also will see patients with fibromyalgia and related problems and patients interested in lifestyle medicine and clinical lipidology. To learn more, go to ConquringYourFibromyalgia.com. Remember that while Dr. Lenz is a medical doctor, he is not your doctor. All of your signs and symptoms should be discussed with your own physician. He aims to weave the best of conventional medicine with lifestyle medicine to help people with chronic health conditions live their best lives possible. Dr. Lenz hopes that the podcast, book, blog, and website serve as a trusted resource and starting point on your journey of learning to live better with fibromyalgia and related illnesses.

Duration:00:32:12

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Ep. 141 What are the childhood brain signatures that predict chronic pain before it develops?

3/13/2024
Important insights from research are illuminating secrets of Chronic Pain in Children. This episode looks at research into the complexities of chronic pain among children. Dr. Lenz discusses the growing understanding that chronic pain often arises from how the central nervous system interprets sensory inputs. The episode highlights the importance of early detection and treatment of chronic pain in altering its lifelong course. Also, it emphasizes that neuroimaging studies have found specific correlations in the brain with chronic pain, but more research is needed. 00:00 Introduction to Chronic Pain in Young People 01:00 Meet Your Host, Dr. Michael Lenz 01:44 The Struggles of Chronic Pain Patients 02:55 The Prevalence of Chronic Pain in Children 03:22 The Role of Pediatricians in Chronic Pain Management 03:51 Understanding Nociplastic Pain 05:10 The Importance of Early Identification and Treatment 05:56 The Adolescent Brain and Cognitive Development Study 09:58 The Role of Genetics in Chronic Pain 12:40 The Future of Chronic Pain Treatment 13:18 Understanding the Risk Factors for Chronic Pain 13:46 Is there a Role of Functional MRI in Chronic Pain Diagnosis 19:09 The Impact of Sex Differences on Chronic Pain 20:39 Conclusion: The Future of Chronic Pain Research 22:15 Final Thoughts The fibromyalgia starter pack categorizes the episodes in a way that is more accessible for those new to fibromyalgia. Support the show A Fibromyalgia Starter Pack, which is a great companion to the book Conquering Your Fibromyalgia, is now available. Dr. Michael Lenz practices general pediatrics and internal medicine primary care, seeing patients from infants through adults. In addition, he also will see patients with fibromyalgia and related problems and patients interested in lifestyle medicine and clinical lipidology. To learn more, go to ConquringYourFibromyalgia.com. Remember that while Dr. Lenz is a medical doctor, he is not your doctor. All of your signs and symptoms should be discussed with your own physician. He aims to weave the best of conventional medicine with lifestyle medicine to help people with chronic health conditions live their best lives possible. Dr. Lenz hopes that the podcast, book, blog, and website serve as a trusted resource and starting point on your journey of learning to live better with fibromyalgia and related illnesses.

Duration:00:27:16

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Ep. 140 What is LONG COVID? An Evidenced Based Look.

3/6/2024
Understanding Long-Covid under the Fibromyalgia and related conditions framework, also known as nociplastic pain conditions. In this episode of the Conquering Your Fibromyalgia podcast, host Dr. Michael Lenz explores the possible connections between Long-Covid and Fibromyalgia. He reviews two articles(A and B) providing different perspectives on the issue, focusing on the similarities in symptoms and the overlap with other chronic pain conditions. Dr. Lenz explains the term Long-Covid, detailing the range of persistent symptoms experienced by patients post-COVID-19 infection and how they mirror those of Fibromyalgia. He discusses studies attempting to understand and define Long-Covid but the lack of evidence supporting those such as persistence of a viral infection. It has been proposed to rename it to Fibromyalgia-like post-Covid syndrome. In a second opinion piece, the parallels between Fibromyalgia and Long-Covid based on past research are discussed. They propose that Long-Covid and Fibromyalgia should be viewed as a network of interrelated disorders with a shared pathogenic mechanism and encourage an evidenced based multifaceted approach already in existence from our understanding of fibromyalgia type illness. Dr. Lenz emphasizes the need for understanding and giving evidence based answers and solutions to those suffering. 00:04 Introduction to the Podcast and Host 01:11 Understanding Long COVID and Fibromyalgia 05:13 Exploring the Symptoms of Long COVID 06:37 The Overlap of Long COVID and Fibromyalgia Symptoms 06:43 The History and Naming of Fibromyalgia 12:08 The Biological Footprint of Long COVID? 27:19 The Role of Psychological Factors in Nociplastic Conditions 33:05 Conclusion and Final Thoughts The fibromyalgia starter pack categorizes the episodes in a way that is more accessible for those new to fibromyalgia. Support the show A Fibromyalgia Starter Pack, which is a great companion to the book Conquering Your Fibromyalgia, is now available. Dr. Michael Lenz practices general pediatrics and internal medicine primary care, seeing patients from infants through adults. In addition, he also will see patients with fibromyalgia and related problems and patients interested in lifestyle medicine and clinical lipidology. To learn more, go to ConquringYourFibromyalgia.com. Remember that while Dr. Lenz is a medical doctor, he is not your doctor. All of your signs and symptoms should be discussed with your own physician. He aims to weave the best of conventional medicine with lifestyle medicine to help people with chronic health conditions live their best lives possible. Dr. Lenz hopes that the podcast, book, blog, and website serve as a trusted resource and starting point on your journey of learning to live better with fibromyalgia and related illnesses.

Duration:00:37:57

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Ep. 139 Was Long Covid predicted 4 years ago? Learn more about why and how these predictions were made.

2/28/2024
COVID-19 Pandemic and its Impact on Chronic Pain In this episode Dr. Michael Lenz, he discusses the expected impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on increased levels of chronic pain based on a research article from the Journal of Pain. He explains how the pandemic has disrupted daily life across all sectors of society along with the various possibilities of chronic pain as a result of the COVID-19 virus. He discusses the psychological, physical and social stressors brought by the pandemic that potentially lead to chronic pain and other related health issues. Furthermore, he shares his thoughts regarding the condition known as long-haul COVID and chronic overlapping pain conditions. By the end of the episode, Dr. Lenz calls for effective strategies to mitigate the health consequences brought on by the pandemic as well as steps towards chronic pain management. 00:00 Introduction: A Personal Encounter with COVID-19 01:29 The Impact of COVID-19 on Chronic Pain 02:08 Meet Your Host: Dr. Michael Lenz 02:17 The Bio-Psycho-Social-Spiritual Model of Chronic Pain 02:43 The Disruption of Daily Life by the Pandemic 03:19 The Potential Health Consequences of COVID-19 04:43 The Impact of COVID-19 on Healthcare Workers 10:50 The Economic Impact of the Pandemic 11:49 The Role of Stress in Chronic Pain 15:53 The Impact of COVID-19 on Mental Health 16:15 The Future of Healthcare in the Wake of COVID-19 23:51 Conclusion: The fibromyalgia starter pack categorizes the episodes in a way that is more accessible for those new to fibromyalgia. Support the show A Fibromyalgia Starter Pack, which is a great companion to the book Conquering Your Fibromyalgia, is now available. Dr. Michael Lenz practices general pediatrics and internal medicine primary care, seeing patients from infants through adults. In addition, he also will see patients with fibromyalgia and related problems and patients interested in lifestyle medicine and clinical lipidology. To learn more, go to ConquringYourFibromyalgia.com. Remember that while Dr. Lenz is a medical doctor, he is not your doctor. All of your signs and symptoms should be discussed with your own physician. He aims to weave the best of conventional medicine with lifestyle medicine to help people with chronic health conditions live their best lives possible. Dr. Lenz hopes that the podcast, book, blog, and website serve as a trusted resource and starting point on your journey of learning to live better with fibromyalgia and related illnesses.

Duration:00:29:05

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Ep. 137 What was the misunderstood condition in the 1800s known as Railway Spine and the similarity to Chronic Pain conditions like Fibromyalgia?

2/21/2024
The podcast discusses the historical medical phenomena of 'Railway Spine', a post-accident "traumatic neurosis" condition noted in the 19th century, and its relevance to understanding modern chronic pain conditions like fibromyalgia. This condition often arose after railroad accidents, showing symptoms similar to fibromyalgia such as pain, fatigue, and cognitive difficulties. The podcast discusses how physicians struggled to diagnose this condition due to the lack of clear physical abnormalities and the role of psychological factors, exploring the theories of notable physicians like Dr. Erickson and Dr. Page. It also mentions how the exploration of railway spine led to modern understanding of conditions like fibromyalgia, known as software problems in contrast to the hardware problems of classic organic conditions. Dr. Lenz emphasizes the importance of historical perspectives to understand and manage fibromyalgia better in the present. 00:00 Introduction to Railway Spine 00:39 Understanding the Symptoms of Railway Spine 00:54 Medical Dilemma and Physician's Response 02:00 Historical Perspective and Modern Relevance 03:08 Symptoms and Overlapping Conditions 12:16 Theories of Pathophysiology 14:55 Psychological Impact and Trauma 22:00 Evolution of Medical Understanding 25:37 Reflections and Conclusions The fibromyalgia starter pack categorizes the episodes in a way that is more accessible for those new to fibromyalgia. Support the show A Fibromyalgia Starter Pack, which is a great companion to the book Conquering Your Fibromyalgia, is now available. Dr. Michael Lenz practices general pediatrics and internal medicine primary care, seeing patients from infants through adults. In addition, he also will see patients with fibromyalgia and related problems and patients interested in lifestyle medicine and clinical lipidology. To learn more, go to ConquringYourFibromyalgia.com. Remember that while Dr. Lenz is a medical doctor, he is not your doctor. All of your signs and symptoms should be discussed with your own physician. He aims to weave the best of conventional medicine with lifestyle medicine to help people with chronic health conditions live their best lives possible. Dr. Lenz hopes that the podcast, book, blog, and website serve as a trusted resource and starting point on your journey of learning to live better with fibromyalgia and related illnesses.

Duration:00:32:35

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Ep. 138 Pain Without Lesion, What's that? Important Historical Perspectives on Chronic Pain

2/21/2024
In this episode Dr. Michael Lenz explores the historical understanding of chronic pain that lacks visible physical symptoms. He discusses stigma against sufferers, hypochondria, historical sex bias in pain understanding, and the transition in recognizing non-visible pain as real with the advent of functional MRIs. Dr. Lenz makes a case for the necessity of understanding the complexity of pain beyond the classic biomedical model and acknowledging the historical roots of current attitudes towards pain for better pain management in the present . 00:00 Introduction to Chronic Pain and Stigma 01:06 Understanding the Host's Background 01:58 Exploring the Concept of Pain 02:41 The Historical Perspective of Pain 03:49 The Concept of Mechanical Objectivity 05:19 The Clinical Gaze and its Impact 08:56 The Role of Medical History in Understanding Pain 09:17 The Stigma and Misunderstanding of Chronic Pain 09:33 The Problem of Pain Without Lesion 10:33 The Role of Forensic Science in Understanding Pain 11:36 The Impact of Sex and Social Status on Pain Perception 15:06 The Impact of Stigma on Pain Perception 15:49 The Role of Modern Medical Approaches in Understanding Pain 20:39 The Role of Legal Cases in Understanding Pain 27:31 Conclusion: The Historical Impact on Current Pain Perception 29:07 Final Thoughts The fibromyalgia starter pack categorizes the episodes in a way that is more accessible for those new to fibromyalgia. Support the show A Fibromyalgia Starter Pack, which is a great companion to the book Conquering Your Fibromyalgia, is now available. Dr. Michael Lenz practices general pediatrics and internal medicine primary care, seeing patients from infants through adults. In addition, he also will see patients with fibromyalgia and related problems and patients interested in lifestyle medicine and clinical lipidology. To learn more, go to ConquringYourFibromyalgia.com. Remember that while Dr. Lenz is a medical doctor, he is not your doctor. All of your signs and symptoms should be discussed with your own physician. He aims to weave the best of conventional medicine with lifestyle medicine to help people with chronic health conditions live their best lives possible. Dr. Lenz hopes that the podcast, book, blog, and website serve as a trusted resource and starting point on your journey of learning to live better with fibromyalgia and related illnesses.

Duration:00:33:44

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Ep. 136 How prestigious is fibromyalgia compared to other medical conditions? Why does fibromyalgia have such a big stigma?

2/14/2024
Dr. Michael Lenz discusses the perceptions of prestige associated with various medical conditions and the impact of stigma for people living with fibromyalgia and other chronic overlapping pain conditions. Highlighting a survey which ranked illnesses based on their prestige in the eyes of physicians and medical trainees, conditions like leukemia were ranked highest while fibromyalgia was ranked the lowest. The podcast also explores why fibromyalgia is often stigmatized, particularly in women and men, due to the perceptions of personal accountability in their development. Lastly, the role of patients' meta-narrative or faith background in their understanding of pain was examined. 00:07 Introduction and Prestige in Medicine 01:56 Understanding Fibromyalgia 02:22 Prestige Ranking of Medical Conditions 02:55 The Impact of Prestige on Patient Care 04:25 The Role of Lifestyle Medicine in Disease Management 08:01 Stigma and Fibromyalgia 08:37 The Role of Functional MRIs in Understanding Fibromyalgia 12:50 The History and Perception of Pain 13:02 Understanding Stigma in Fibromyalgia 20:24 The Impact of Stigma on Men with Fibromyalgia 24:16 Conclusion The fibromyalgia starter pack categorizes the episodes in a way that is more accessible for those new to fibromyalgia. Support the show A Fibromyalgia Starter Pack, which is a great companion to the book Conquering Your Fibromyalgia, is now available. Dr. Michael Lenz practices general pediatrics and internal medicine primary care, seeing patients from infants through adults. In addition, he also will see patients with fibromyalgia and related problems and patients interested in lifestyle medicine and clinical lipidology. To learn more, go to ConquringYourFibromyalgia.com. Remember that while Dr. Lenz is a medical doctor, he is not your doctor. All of your signs and symptoms should be discussed with your own physician. He aims to weave the best of conventional medicine with lifestyle medicine to help people with chronic health conditions live their best lives possible. Dr. Lenz hopes that the podcast, book, blog, and website serve as a trusted resource and starting point on your journey of learning to live better with fibromyalgia and related illnesses.

Duration:00:30:11

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Ep 135 Discovering Rosemary Kennedy: The Influence of the Montessori Education and the Tragedy of her Lobotomy Part 3

2/7/2024
Prepare to be captivated as we unravel the poignant life story of Rosemary Kennedy, in conversation with renowned author Kate Clifford Larson. Offering a fresh perspective on the lesser-known Kennedy daughter, we explore the profound impact of the Montessori method of education in her life. A technique that encourages experiential learning, this method significantly contributed to Rosemary's personal growth and the positive experience it offered her serves as a testament to its efficacy. The joyful resonance this brought to the community around her is truly heartening to hear. However, our conversation takes a darker turn as we navigate through the despairing later stages of Rosemary's life. We grapple with the underlying struggles she faced upon her return from England and the unfathomable decision her father made in the hope of curing her. Larson brings us face to face with the grim realities of a misguided lobotomy - the veiled truths, the unchecked optimism of doctors, and the tragic aftermath. Rosemary's story serves as an important reminder of cherishing and supporting those differently-abled, shedding light on a harsh past we must remember. This is a riveting tale of resilience and tragedy, one you won't soon forget. The fibromyalgia starter pack categorizes the episodes in a way that is more accessible for those new to fibromyalgia. Support the show A Fibromyalgia Starter Pack, which is a great companion to the book Conquering Your Fibromyalgia, is now available. Dr. Michael Lenz practices general pediatrics and internal medicine primary care, seeing patients from infants through adults. In addition, he also will see patients with fibromyalgia and related problems and patients interested in lifestyle medicine and clinical lipidology. To learn more, go to ConquringYourFibromyalgia.com. Remember that while Dr. Lenz is a medical doctor, he is not your doctor. All of your signs and symptoms should be discussed with your own physician. He aims to weave the best of conventional medicine with lifestyle medicine to help people with chronic health conditions live their best lives possible. Dr. Lenz hopes that the podcast, book, blog, and website serve as a trusted resource and starting point on your journey of learning to live better with fibromyalgia and related illnesses.

Duration:00:34:57

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Ep 134 Revisiting Rosemary Kennedy: Learning from her story to help better support those in the present . Part 2

1/31/2024
This is the second episode of a series on Rosemary Kennedy. Using the biography as a guide to time travel into Rosemary's life, Dr Lenz uses a modern lens to reflect and support those living with similar challenges. It explores Rosemary's disabilities, such as autism spectrum disorder and ADHD, and the challenges faced by her and the Kennedy family in seeking help for her when our present perspectives didn't exist. The episode discusses the influence of the eugenics movement during the 19th and early 20th centuries, which categorized certain individuals, including the intellectually and physically disabled, as defects. It covers the advocacy of prominent figures like Teddy Roosevelt and wealthy industrialists who supported eugenics. It highlights the hardships faced by Rosemary and her family due to societal stigmatization and the pursuit of a potential "cure."Dr. Lenz describes Rosemary's experiences at various boarding schools, the struggles she faced with academics, and the attempts made to address her intellectual and emotional challenges. He touches on the Kennedy family's privileged lifestyle during the Depression era and their efforts to find medical treatments, including endocrine therapies. He also mentions Rosemary's adjustment to new surroundings, such as her trip to Europe and her presentation at the British debutante season. Lastly, he emphasizes the importance of understanding, learning, and growing from the mistakes and misunderstandings of the past to better appreciate and support those living with struggles in the present. The fibromyalgia starter pack categorizes the episodes in a way that is more accessible for those new to fibromyalgia. Support the show A Fibromyalgia Starter Pack, which is a great companion to the book Conquering Your Fibromyalgia, is now available. Dr. Michael Lenz practices general pediatrics and internal medicine primary care, seeing patients from infants through adults. In addition, he also will see patients with fibromyalgia and related problems and patients interested in lifestyle medicine and clinical lipidology. To learn more, go to ConquringYourFibromyalgia.com. Remember that while Dr. Lenz is a medical doctor, he is not your doctor. All of your signs and symptoms should be discussed with your own physician. He aims to weave the best of conventional medicine with lifestyle medicine to help people with chronic health conditions live their best lives possible. Dr. Lenz hopes that the podcast, book, blog, and website serve as a trusted resource and starting point on your journey of learning to live better with fibromyalgia and related illnesses.

Duration:00:33:33

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Ep 133 Rosemary Kennedy's Story: Autism and ADHD. An Enlightening Discussion with her biographer Kate Larson Part 1

1/24/2024
Do you ever wonder what it's like to unravel the secrets of a life long hidden from public view? Join us today as we sit down with acclaimed biographer Kate Clifford Larson, author of Rosemary - The Hidden Kennedy Daughter. Together, we embark on an emotional journey through the life of Rosemary Kennedy, beginning with her birth amid the Spanish Flu pandemic. We dive into the challenges Rosemary faced due to her intellectual disability and how the Kennedy family navigated these difficulties in a time when resources were scarce. Kate spent six years in the archives, piecing together Rosemary's story. Her groundbreaking findings suggest that Rosemary might have been on the autism spectrum and had ADHD which was unbeknownst to herself, her family, her physicians, and teachers. This revelation presents a new perspective on the hardships the Kennedy family had to overcome in their quest to provide the best care for their daughter. We also discuss the power and sometimes the struggle of storytelling, particularly when it comes to chronicling your experience of chronic pain. Tune in and be prepared to be moved by a poignant tale of resilience, determination, and the undying spirit of a family. This episode isn't just about history, it reflects life's trials and triumphs. The fibromyalgia starter pack categorizes the episodes in a way that is more accessible for those new to fibromyalgia. Support the show A Fibromyalgia Starter Pack, which is a great companion to the book Conquering Your Fibromyalgia, is now available. Dr. Michael Lenz practices general pediatrics and internal medicine primary care, seeing patients from infants through adults. In addition, he also will see patients with fibromyalgia and related problems and patients interested in lifestyle medicine and clinical lipidology. To learn more, go to ConquringYourFibromyalgia.com. Remember that while Dr. Lenz is a medical doctor, he is not your doctor. All of your signs and symptoms should be discussed with your own physician. He aims to weave the best of conventional medicine with lifestyle medicine to help people with chronic health conditions live their best lives possible. Dr. Lenz hopes that the podcast, book, blog, and website serve as a trusted resource and starting point on your journey of learning to live better with fibromyalgia and related illnesses.

Duration:00:30:37

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Ep 132 Transforming Health with Food: Tim Kaufman's Recovery Story Part 2

1/17/2024
What if the secret to overcoming chronic pain and illness doesn't lie in a pill bottle, but on our plates? Our guest, Tim Kaufman, knows this truth firsthand. His journey from a man dependent on opioids, tethered to a walker due to crippling pain, to a vibrant, healthy individual is nothing short of inspiring. By converting to a plant-based lifestyle, Tim found himself shedding weight, reclaiming his health, and breaking free from the shackles of chronic pain. An inspiring moment from his journey was his first walk after years of being sedentary. Hear his remarkable story in this episode. Living with chronic pain comes with its own unique set of challenges, and our conversation today delves deeply into these. For those battling with conditions like Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and finding little relief in traditional medications, there are alternative paths to explore. Tim found solace and relief in unexpected places like music, podcasts, and breathing techniques. His journey is a beacon of hope for anyone struggling with chronic pain, showing how alternative coping mechanisms can make a world of difference. Finally, we'll see how the transformational power of food can help manage chronic pain. "Fat Man Rants" shares his journey of overcoming chronic pain and illness through dietary changes, emphasizing the importance of simplicity and preparation when adopting a plant-based lifestyle. Plus, we highlight the crucial role of doctors and offer a wealth of resources for those interested in making the switch. So join us in this exploration of the benefits of a plant-based diet, particularly for those with Ehlers-Danlos and Fibromyalgia, and discover how to find helpful resources and coaches. The fibromyalgia starter pack categorizes the episodes in a way that is more accessible for those new to fibromyalgia. Support the show A Fibromyalgia Starter Pack, which is a great companion to the book Conquering Your Fibromyalgia, is now available. Dr. Michael Lenz practices general pediatrics and internal medicine primary care, seeing patients from infants through adults. In addition, he also will see patients with fibromyalgia and related problems and patients interested in lifestyle medicine and clinical lipidology. To learn more, go to ConquringYourFibromyalgia.com. Remember that while Dr. Lenz is a medical doctor, he is not your doctor. All of your signs and symptoms should be discussed with your own physician. He aims to weave the best of conventional medicine with lifestyle medicine to help people with chronic health conditions live their best lives possible. Dr. Lenz hopes that the podcast, book, blog, and website serve as a trusted resource and starting point on your journey of learning to live better with fibromyalgia and related illnesses.

Duration:00:36:24

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Ep 131 Fighting Back: Tim Kaufman's Battle against Obesity, Ehlers Danlos and Chronic Pain Part 1

1/10/2024
Tim Kaufman, our guest on this episode, was battling with a weight of over 400 pounds and the agonizing grip of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. He succumbed to opioid, alcohol, and food addiction to cope. Tim's story is a testament to the power of unwavering determination and lifestyle changes, as he managed to shed over 200 pounds and is now essentially pain-free. His journey offers a beacon of hope for those wrestling with similar struggles. Growing up on a dairy farm and an avid hunter, a whole foods plant-based diet was not part of his upbringing. Like many, he was very active in his younger years. He discusses how pain medication became a double-edged sword, bringing temporary relief but also escalating his chronic pain. But this episode isn't just about the struggles but the fight. Hear how Tim, armed with a changed diet and small exercises, began to turn the tide against the disease. In the final stretch of our conversation, we confront the unforgiving realities of living with chronic pain and fibromyalgia. Tim's experience illustrates how a whole food, plant-based diet, and lifestyle changes can significantly manage these debilitating conditions. As your hosts, we invite you to join our community and stand together in the battle against chronic pain and fibromyalgia. After all, every new journey starts with a single step. The fibromyalgia starter pack categorizes the episodes in a way that is more accessible for those new to fibromyalgia. Support the show A Fibromyalgia Starter Pack, which is a great companion to the book Conquering Your Fibromyalgia, is now available. Dr. Michael Lenz practices general pediatrics and internal medicine primary care, seeing patients from infants through adults. In addition, he also will see patients with fibromyalgia and related problems and patients interested in lifestyle medicine and clinical lipidology. To learn more, go to ConquringYourFibromyalgia.com. Remember that while Dr. Lenz is a medical doctor, he is not your doctor. All of your signs and symptoms should be discussed with your own physician. He aims to weave the best of conventional medicine with lifestyle medicine to help people with chronic health conditions live their best lives possible. Dr. Lenz hopes that the podcast, book, blog, and website serve as a trusted resource and starting point on your journey of learning to live better with fibromyalgia and related illnesses.

Duration:00:34:34

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Ep 130 How Lynn went from Fibromyalgia Frustrations to Flourishing Part 2

1/3/2024
Remember Lynn Larson, our brave listener battling fibromyalgia? She's back with updates on new challenges and discoveries. An inspiring shift in her career sees her move from retail management to procurement and accounts payable, a role that lets her tap into her love for crafting policies and training others. Balancing a chronic condition like fibromyalgia and work is no easy feat, and Lynn's personal stories resonate with those who've felt the physical and mental strains of an office setting. She discusses the transition to a hybrid work arrangement, then striking out on her own to gain more flexibility and autonomy. Listen for valuable insights on maintaining work-life balance and the crucial connection between fibromyalgia and mental health. We'll also touch upon meditation and Tai Chi, practices that have offered solace to Lynn and others like her. Embrace yourself - that's the core lesson we glean as we explore self-acceptance and find personal best practices when managing fibromyalgia. The struggle of feeling inadequate when compared to others who appear more physically active, the importance of accepting your unique abilities and limitations, and even the overlap between fibromyalgia and possible neurodivergence - we discuss it all. Join us as we navigate the complexities of chronic pain syndromes and highlight the significance of self-awareness in charting a path to wellness. Prepare to be inspired and educated on this journey with Lynn. The fibromyalgia starter pack categorizes the episodes in a way that is more accessible for those new to fibromyalgia. Support the show A Fibromyalgia Starter Pack, which is a great companion to the book Conquering Your Fibromyalgia, is now available. Dr. Michael Lenz practices general pediatrics and internal medicine primary care, seeing patients from infants through adults. In addition, he also will see patients with fibromyalgia and related problems and patients interested in lifestyle medicine and clinical lipidology. To learn more, go to ConquringYourFibromyalgia.com. Remember that while Dr. Lenz is a medical doctor, he is not your doctor. All of your signs and symptoms should be discussed with your own physician. He aims to weave the best of conventional medicine with lifestyle medicine to help people with chronic health conditions live their best lives possible. Dr. Lenz hopes that the podcast, book, blog, and website serve as a trusted resource and starting point on your journey of learning to live better with fibromyalgia and related illnesses.

Duration:00:41:50

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Ep 129 "Living well between two bookends on a narrow bookshelf" with Lynn Larson Part 1

12/27/2023
Are you ready to join us on a journey of discovery, resilience, and empathy? We have the honor of welcoming Lynn Larson who shares her lived experience of over 20 years with fibromyalgia, a condition that was diagnosed when she was 30. She bravely delves into her struggles from her early years to the point of diagnosis, underscoring the vital role that balance, moderation, and shared stories play in managing the condition. Expect a heartwarming journey that shines a light on the importance of community building and shared narratives in lessening the sense of isolation that often accompanies chronic conditions. As we navigate through Lynn's life, we delve into the day-to-day realities of living with fibromyalgia. The trials of self-diagnosis, the significance of self-care and the interconnectedness of symptoms form part of our discussion. Lynn provides a candid look into her tactics for managing coexisting illnesses, including the Tola Point System for self-massage and the necessity of a consistent sleep schedule. We further dive into the complexities of autism, particularly in women, and highlight the diverse ways it can manifest, from picky eating and routine sensitivity to compulsive tendencies and hypersensitivity. Finally, we circle back to fibromyalgia and discuss how Lynn has harnessed wisdom and coping strategies to live better. With her tips for self-care and seeking support, she illuminates the path for those battling the condition. We ensure that our listeners leave with a sense of connection and a deeper understanding of fibromyalgia and autism. So, tune in, learn, and find solace in shared experiences. The fibromyalgia starter pack categorizes the episodes in a way that is more accessible for those new to fibromyalgia. Support the show A Fibromyalgia Starter Pack, which is a great companion to the book Conquering Your Fibromyalgia, is now available. Dr. Michael Lenz practices general pediatrics and internal medicine primary care, seeing patients from infants through adults. In addition, he also will see patients with fibromyalgia and related problems and patients interested in lifestyle medicine and clinical lipidology. To learn more, go to ConquringYourFibromyalgia.com. Remember that while Dr. Lenz is a medical doctor, he is not your doctor. All of your signs and symptoms should be discussed with your own physician. He aims to weave the best of conventional medicine with lifestyle medicine to help people with chronic health conditions live their best lives possible. Dr. Lenz hopes that the podcast, book, blog, and website serve as a trusted resource and starting point on your journey of learning to live better with fibromyalgia and related illnesses.

Duration:00:47:38

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Ep 128 "What do you do when a flower's not growing?

12/20/2023
Embark with us on a deep exploration into the world of neurodivergence, with our guide, Dr. Matt. Promising a journey of discovery, understanding, and empowerment. We dissect the challenges neurodivergent individuals face daily, discussing how they often become targets for bullying and exploitation. Dr. Matt brings his insights to the table with a patient story displaying how childhood trauma related to neurodivergence can linger. We emphasize the dire importance of educating children about consent and managing unsafe situations. We further delve into the aftermath of trauma, particularly focusing on survivors of sexual assault or molestation. Dr. Matt links the connection between mental and physical health in the healing process and emphasizes the role of diagnosis in leading individuals to the right resources and communities. We shed light on the concept of neurodivergency, particularly concerning autism, and navigate the challenge of achieving balance between labeling and understanding. As we bring this enlightening conversation to an end, we inspect neurodivergence's impact on gifted individuals. Sharing personal experiences with stimming behaviors linked to neurodivergence, we underline the difficulties of locating knowledgeable and affirming healthcare providers. Dr. Matt imparts invaluable insights into ableism in mental health treatment, specifically touching on ABA therapy for autistic individuals. Join us as we underline the importance of understanding, accommodating different brains and needs, and prioritizing equity in offering support. Tune in, absorb, and comprehend the critical journey of neurodivergence awareness with us. The fibromyalgia starter pack categorizes the episodes in a way that is more accessible for those new to fibromyalgia. Support the show A Fibromyalgia Starter Pack, which is a great companion to the book Conquering Your Fibromyalgia, is now available. Dr. Michael Lenz practices general pediatrics and internal medicine primary care, seeing patients from infants through adults. In addition, he also will see patients with fibromyalgia and related problems and patients interested in lifestyle medicine and clinical lipidology. To learn more, go to ConquringYourFibromyalgia.com. Remember that while Dr. Lenz is a medical doctor, he is not your doctor. All of your signs and symptoms should be discussed with your own physician. He aims to weave the best of conventional medicine with lifestyle medicine to help people with chronic health conditions live their best lives possible. Dr. Lenz hopes that the podcast, book, blog, and website serve as a trusted resource and starting point on your journey of learning to live better with fibromyalgia and related illnesses.

Duration:00:35:05

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Ep 127 "How does Trauma affect those with Neurodivergent style nervous systems?" with Dr. Matt Zakresky

12/13/2023
Ever wondered about the intersection of neurodiversity and trauma? Get ready to unravel these complexities with Dr. Matt Zekresky, a renowned psychologist and founder of the Neurodiversity Collective, who brings his wealth of expertise and personal experiences to the table. We steer the conversation towards understanding trauma through the lens of neurodivergent individuals, highlighting their unique challenges in medical and educational settings. Dr. Matt helps us understand that trauma is indeed a matter of perception, and underscores the need for greater empathy and advocacy for the neurodiverse community. We then delve into the realm of resilience and trauma, debunking the myth of resilience being an all-or-nothing trait. With keen insights, we explore how the brain navigates trauma, creating narratives and sometimes even placing ourselves at the center of traumatic events. Here, we use the event of 9/11 as an example to highlight the brain's proclivity to perceive threats to body and autonomy as most impactful. We then shift gears to discuss the concept of building resilience, emphasizing its importance as an ongoing process, and the critical role a strong support system plays in this journey. Overcoming adversity isn't a one-size-fits-all approach. We tackle this notion head-on as we discuss the unique challenges faced by individuals who have grown up amidst poverty, food scarcity, homelessness, and more. We highlight the importance of building a life narrative and creating space for the brain to process and heal. We also throw light on the unique challenges faced by neurodiverse individuals and echo the importance of embracing one's unique brain. We end the conversation on a hopeful note, reminding listeners that their struggles do not define their destiny, and they are not alone in their journey. So, join us in this enlightening conversation as we embrace neurodiversity, resilience, and the power of community. The fibromyalgia starter pack categorizes the episodes in a way that is more accessible for those new to fibromyalgia. Support the show A Fibromyalgia Starter Pack, which is a great companion to the book Conquering Your Fibromyalgia, is now available. Dr. Michael Lenz practices general pediatrics and internal medicine primary care, seeing patients from infants through adults. In addition, he also will see patients with fibromyalgia and related problems and patients interested in lifestyle medicine and clinical lipidology. To learn more, go to ConquringYourFibromyalgia.com. Remember that while Dr. Lenz is a medical doctor, he is not your doctor. All of your signs and symptoms should be discussed with your own physician. He aims to weave the best of conventional medicine with lifestyle medicine to help people with chronic health conditions live their best lives possible. Dr. Lenz hopes that the podcast, book, blog, and website serve as a trusted resource and starting point on your journey of learning to live better with fibromyalgia and related illnesses.

Duration:00:40:47