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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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English


Episodes

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: Support the showA 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

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 Support the showA 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

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 Support the showA 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

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 Support the showA 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

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. Support the showA 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

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. Support the showA 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

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. Support the showA 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

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. Support the showA 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

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. Support the showA 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

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. Support the showA 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

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. Support the showA 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

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. Support the showA 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

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. Support the showA 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

Ep 126 "When I look fine on the outside, but feel horrible on the inside" Christin Veasley

12/6/2023
What does resilience look like when you're living with chronic pain? Our special guest for this episode, Christin Veasley, can certainly give you an idea. Having battled chronic pain for over three decades, Kristen carries a wealth of insights on the physical and emotional toll it takes and the challenges faced while navigating the healthcare system. Despite the odds, she discovered a creative outlet that brought solace - photography - and co-founded the Chronic Pain Research Alliance, proving that joy can be found even in the most challenging circumstances The second part of this episode is a candid conversation about the unseen effects of chronic pain on daily life and the concept of 'masking.' We dive into the constant decision-making, trade-offs, and careful balancing acts necessary for those battling this condition. We wrap up with a shift in gears, talking about photography. A journey that started as a creative outlet for Christin might also inspire some of you to pick up a camera. Whether you're a novice or a seasoned shooter, we offer tips and recommendations on starting in photography, selecting the right gear, and more. Listen in, as this episode is a blend of inspiration, empathy, and creativity, especially for those grappling with chronic pain. Support the showA 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:00:33:16

Ep. 126 The Missing Diagnosis of John F. Kennedy's Life: Linking ADHD and Chronic Pain. Part 3

11/29/2023
Ready for a journey into the unseen layers of JFK's life? Prepare yourself to rediscover the 35th President of the United States, not just as a charismatic leader but as a man grappling with chronic pain likely brought on by ADHD. His vibrant public image often overshadowed this personal battle. We'll unravel the evidence suggesting ADHD as a significant aspect of JFK's health struggles, shedding light on his symptoms like inattention, lack of diligence, and poor planning abilities that potentially contributed to his painful physical condition and even his tragic end. Stimulating discussion doesn't stop at JFK, as we also illuminate the story of his sister, Rosemary Kennedy, and her fight with autism and ADHD. We'll explore how ADHD is potentially linked to chronic pain, how revolutionary ADHD treatments can alleviate pain symptoms, supported by compelling studies showing patients responding positively to these treatments. We delve into how Rosemary's tragic experience with a frontal lobotomy could have been an ill-informed attempt to manage her symptoms, further accentuating the importance of appropriate treatments. Brace yourself for an engrossing discourse that blends biography, medical history, and scientific advancements, offering you fresh perspectives and insights. Support the showA 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:00:28:14

Ep. 125 Behind JFK's Legacy: A Deep Dive into His Chronic Health Challenges Part 2

11/22/2023
Living with fibromyalgia and related invisible illnesses is very challenging and too often stigmatized by the medical community. John F. Kennedy lived with many invisible illnesses that he and his close political supporters knew they needed to hide to protect is political prospects. John had severe irritable bowel and functional dyspepsia, both disorders of the gut-brain-interaction. He also had severe back pain, pelvic pain, chronic prostatitis, and migraines. He also struggled with severe fatigue and insomnia. These all fall under the umbrella of fibromyalgia and related illnesses. He also highly likely had comorbid ADHD that interfered with pain perception and contributed to fatigue. Learn more about John's journey to help grow in compassion and understanding for yourself, your loved ones living with one of these invisible illnesses, and your patients. You will also gain an enlightened historical perspective. Support the showA 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:00:40:56

Ep. 124 John F. Kennedy's Silent Fight: Chronic Invisible Illnesses, ADHD, and the Hidden Health Struggles of the former President. Part 1

11/15/2023
This month is the 60th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination. What do the hidden health maladies of one of America's most beloved presidents, John F. Kennedy, have to teach us about the complexities of chronic illness? This episode peels back the layers of JFK's lifelong battle with pain and fatigue as we journey into the world of fibromyalgia, ADHD, and invisible illnesses. With a special focus on JFK's family's attempts to conceal his health struggles, we dig into a narrative that echoes the experiences of countless individuals dealing with chronic conditions often unrecognized by the medical community. Tune in for an enlightening discussion about the evolution of diagnosing and treating fibromyalgia since JFK's time, emphasizing the biopsychosocial model in managing chronic pain. We also pay tribute to the University of Tokyo Pain Clinic physicians for their dedication to this cause, as exemplified by their investigation into the cold case of Margaret Mitchell. The discussion continues as we explore the often overlooked aspects of ADHD, dissecting an interest-based nervous system, emotional hyperarousal, and rejection sensitivity. Dr. Satoshi Kasahara and his team offer an insightful analysis of JFK's life, further illuminating the underlying connections between his chronic pain, fatigue, and likely ADHD. This episode is a captivating historical exploration and a resource designed to assist those living with similar conditions in managing their health and improving their lives. So join us, as we shine a light on the intricate nexus of JFK's health struggles, illuminating the challenges and breakthroughs in our understanding of chronic illnesses and ADHD. Let JFK's story inspire and empower your own journey towards better health. Support the showA 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:00:35:04

Ep. 123 The Healing Power of Podcasts for Invisible Illness Warriors

11/8/2023
Have you ever wondered how podcasts could be a lifeline for those with invisible illnesses? Come and be part of an enriching dialogue with our esteemed guests, Professor Melanie Finney and the brains behind a startling study, Kate Pederson. Kate was inspired to do the study because her sister is living with POTS, one of the invisible illnesses that falls under the umbrella of fibromyalgia. We'll unravel the layers of isolation experienced by the invisible illness community and the surprising solace they find in podcasts. According to Kate's study, a staggering 97% felt less isolated, and an alarming number expressed a lack of empathy from their healthcare providers. As we move forward, we discuss fibromyalgia, an invisible illness with its unique set of challenges, and the pivotal role podcasts play here. The majority, 94%, found the information shared by podcast hosts invaluable, and three-quarters could trust the host they tuned into. We also tackle the conundrum of making podcasts more interactive, considering it's often a one-way communication. But, we also celebrate the power of storytelling and the platform podcasts offer for these unsung heroes to share their narratives. Join us as we shed light on these invisible battles being fought every day. Support the showA 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:00:27:53

Ep 122 Chronic Pain Reset: 30 Days of Activities, Practices, and Skills to Help You Thrive with Dr. Afton Hassett Part 2

11/1/2023
Do you know what cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance of commitment therapy, and mindfulness-based stress reduction all have in common? They're all strategies Dr. Afton Hassett suggests in her book "Chronic Pain Reset" for managing chronic pain that we'll be dissecting in today's episode. Dr. Hassett's evidence-based approaches to chronic pain management are not just practical. Still, they also encourage the development of a personalized plan by trying out a different skill each day for 30 days. The goal is to build a repertoire of five to ten skills that work for you, leading to a better quality of life. The conversation doesn't stop there, though. Our discussion turns into pediatric chronic pain and neuroimaging studies. We explore how understanding chronic pain can increase compassion and prevent burnout for pediatricians and family practice doctors. Before we wrap up, we probe the different treatments for chronic pain - from medication and physical therapy to innovative self-management programs like Pain Guide. We'll even touch on the implications of ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, hypersensitivity, and trauma related to chronic pain. This episode is packed with information on a topic that affects so many, and we hope to provide insights and strategies that can lead to a better understanding and management of chronic pain. Dr. Lenz is an internist, pediatrician, lifestyle medicine physician, and clinical lipidologist interested in helping those with fibromyalgia and related problems go beyond just learning to live with it and even reverse fibromyalgia. He is also the author of the book "Conquering Your Fibromyalgia: Real Answers and Real Solutions for Real Pain. " It is also available on audiobook with Dr. Lenz as the narrator. If you have questions, advice, or topics you would like to have discussed on a future podcast, email Dr. Lenz at doctormichaellenz@gmail.com. You can also share a recording of your question. You can also go to Conquerinyourfibromya Support the showA 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:00:34:43

Ep 121 Chronic Pain and Neuroplasticity: An Engaging Dialogue with Dr. Afton Hassett, author of Chronic Pain Reset Part 1

10/25/2023
Are you constantly battling with chronic pain and wish to understand its mysteries? Today, we have a special guest, Dr. Ashton Hassett, who will illuminate this complex interaction between the mind and pain. Dr Hassett, a renowned psychologist specializing in chronic pain, will take us through her journey in this field, discussing her groundbreaking work and the book she authored. People with chronic pain too often hear, “It’s all in your head.” Dr. Hassett explains how the brain really works and how some people have heightened brain activity related to pain. Her mission is to empower individuals with chronic pain with evidence-based strategies, bridging the gap between scientific discoveries and those who can immensely benefit from them. As we navigate through the labyrinth of pain, Dr. Hassett enlightens us on the potential influence of genetics and past traumas on chronic pain. Ever wondered about the power of storytelling for those diagnosed with pain? We'll be discussing that, too. The focus then shifts to a condition that many find hard to understand - fibromyalgia. Here, Dr. Hassett provides practical tools to enhance the quality of life for those with this condition. Whether you're a chronic pain warrior, a loved one seeking understanding, or a medical professional wanting to deepen your knowledge, this conversation will indeed offer invaluable insights. Take this journey with us and shape your pain story into one of resilience and hope. Dr. Lenz is an internist, pediatrician, lifestyle medicine physician, and clinical lipidologist interested in helping those with fibromyalgia and related problems go beyond just learning to live with it and even reverse fibromyalgia. He is also the author of the book "Conquering Your Fibromyalgia: Real Answers and Real Solutions for Real Pain. " It is also available on audiobook with Dr. Lenz as the narrator. If you have questions, advice, or topics you would like to have discussed on a future podcast, email Dr. Lenz at doctormichaellenz@gmail.com. You can also share a recordi Support the showA 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:00:26:55