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This podcast is dedicated to fibromyalgia. I discuss up-to-date information about fibro, it’s treatment, the biology and psychology of this condition, I cover the pain science education, the complementary and alternative methods available to you now to improve your symptoms. There are a lot of things that influence development of fibromyalgia, trigger fibro flares and produce other symptoms like IBS/irritable bowel syndrome, depression, and anxiety, and none of them are your fault. You will learn how and why fibro develops, how chronic pain changes your brain, and most importantly, that you are not alone in this struggle, that fibro is real, and how to not let fibro control your life. Please subscribe to get up-to-date fibromyalgia education from the physician, a board-certified rheumatologist, Dr. Olga Pinkston. For more information visit https://www.rheumcoach.com/ Disclaimer: This podcast provides information only and does not provide any medical or psychological services or advice. None of the content on this podcast prevents, cures, or treats any mental or medical condition.

Mind Your Fibromyalgia Podcast Olga Pinkston MD

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    • 5.0 • 56 Ratings

This podcast is dedicated to fibromyalgia. I discuss up-to-date information about fibro, it’s treatment, the biology and psychology of this condition, I cover the pain science education, the complementary and alternative methods available to you now to improve your symptoms. There are a lot of things that influence development of fibromyalgia, trigger fibro flares and produce other symptoms like IBS/irritable bowel syndrome, depression, and anxiety, and none of them are your fault. You will learn how and why fibro develops, how chronic pain changes your brain, and most importantly, that you are not alone in this struggle, that fibro is real, and how to not let fibro control your life. Please subscribe to get up-to-date fibromyalgia education from the physician, a board-certified rheumatologist, Dr. Olga Pinkston. For more information visit https://www.rheumcoach.com/ Disclaimer: This podcast provides information only and does not provide any medical or psychological services or advice. None of the content on this podcast prevents, cures, or treats any mental or medical condition.

    What is fibromyalgia?

    What is fibromyalgia?

    Episode 1 - What is fibromyalgia?
    The first episode of the podcast covers the fibro basics - what is fibromyalgia, who is at risk of developing fibromyalgia, and the symptoms.
    You can see the full transcript:  https://www.buzzsprout.com/1890983/9580631-what-is-fibromyalgia
    www.rheumcoach.com - my website
    www.rheumcoach.com/FibroCard - Download your free copy of the "Fibromyalgia is real" postcard to share with your family & friends
    www.FaceBook/com/rheumcoach - lots more information about fibro 

    Disclaimer: This podcast provides information only and does not provide any medical or psychological services or advice. None of the content on this podcast prevents, cures, or treats any mental or medical condition.

    • 16 min
    How is fibromyalgia diagnosed?

    How is fibromyalgia diagnosed?

    Episode 2 - How is fibromyalgia diagnosed? 
    Fibromyalgia is a real, painful condition. The latest guidelines for diagnosis were published in 2016 and you can find them below. To be diagnosed with fibro, you need to have at least three months of widespread pain or pain all over with other fibro symptoms. Other conditions that may mimic fibro need to be excluded, but you can have fibromyalgia  along with other painful conditions, like degenerative disease, chronic back pain, and autoimmune conditions, as well as sleep Apnea and depression. Is it not a diagnosis of exclusion. Accepting the Fibro is real is necessary for your successful treatment.

    AMERICAN COLLEGE OF RHEUMATOLOGY
    2016 Revisions to the 2010/2011 Fibromyalgia Diagnostic Criteria
    https://acrabstracts.org/abstract/2016-revisions-to-the-20102011-fibromyalgia-diagnostic-criteria/

    You can see the full transcript:  https://www.buzzsprout.com/1890983/9621860-how-is-fibromyalgia-diagnosed
    www.rheumcoach.com - my website
    www.rheumcoach.com/FibroCard - Download your free copy of the "Fibromyalgia is real" postcard to share with your family & friends
    www.FaceBook/com/rheumcoach - lots more information about fibro 

    Disclaimer: This podcast provides information only and does not provide any medical or psychological services or advice. None of the content on this podcast prevents, cures, or treats any mental or medical condition.

    • 13 min
    Fibromyalgia treatment overview

    Fibromyalgia treatment overview

    Episode 3 Fibromyalgia treatment overview.
     Fibro symptoms are due to the brain processing problem. To help the brain to learn how to process pain in correct way you to rewire the brain using three pillars or columns of fibro treatment: education, self care and pain control. Although medications may help, fibro treatment is not that simple. 
    You can see the full transcript:  https://www.buzzsprout.com/1890983/9621860-how-is-fibromyalgia-diagnosed
    www.rheumcoach.com - my website
    www.rheumcoach.com/FibroCard - Download your free copy of the "Fibromyalgia is real" postcard to share with your family & friends
    www.FaceBook/com/rheumcoach - lots more information about fibro 

    • 13 min
    Fibromyalgia treatment - what can you do right now?

    Fibromyalgia treatment - what can you do right now?

    Episode 4 Fibromyalgia treatment - what can you do right now?

    • 21 min
    Fibromyalgia treatment - Do you care for yourself? 6 types of self-care

    Fibromyalgia treatment - Do you care for yourself? 6 types of self-care

    Episode 5 - Fibromyalgia treatment - Do you care for yourself? 6 types of self-care
    When I think about fibromyalgia treatment, I think of three pillars. All three pillars are needed to hold the load properly. The longer you had fibromyalgia, the heavier the load. It is a balancing act to erect and maintain the pillars.
    The first pillar of fibro is education. Understanding fibromyalgia is essential to your successful treatment. Fibromyalgia patients are often referred to several specialists and undergo numerous tests before and after the diagnosis. Knowing the fibromyalgia symptoms and their origin helps with stress reduction and treatment plan.
    The second pillar is the self-care that needs to be expanded and consistent. Using nutrition to repair digestion, reduce inflammation, and promote a healthy weight is an essential part of fibro treatment. Better quality of sleep and increasing movement improves both fatigue and pain. Eliminating emotional and environmental pain triggers, balancing daily activities and stress is also part of this pillar.
    The third pillar is the reduction of chronic pain. Unfortunately, treatment of fibromyalgia pain is not as simple as taking an aspirin.  Some patients will benefit from appropriate pain medications and therapies, but they often provide an incomplete response and have side effects.  Understanding the neurological pathways involved in fibromyalgia, central sensitization syndrome that creates an overdriven nervous system response is required to manage fibro pain successfully. All pain, regardless of origin, produces a brain response.  Cognitive behavior therapy, relaxation techniques, and stress reduction reduce pain and improve the quality of life. 
    Patients need all three pillars to treat fibro. Focusing on just one of them, only nutrition or only using pain medications to cope with pain, will create a shaky foundation.  However, if the three pillars of fibromyalgia treatment are built correctly, they will support the fibromyalgia load. Gradually building all of them, consistently and deliberately, will produce a lasting effect, balanced and supportive, that will improve pain and quality of life.

    This episode focuses on Self-care. It is not as simple as eating well and excising.   

    www.rheumcoach.com    - my website
    www.rheumcoach.com/FibroCard - Download your free copy  of the "Fibromyalgia is real" postcard to share with your family & friends
    www.FaceBook/com/rheumcoach    - lots more information about fibro

    • 19 min
    Fibromyalgia Pain Science Education: Introduction to pain processing

    Fibromyalgia Pain Science Education: Introduction to pain processing

    Episode 6 - Fibromyalgia Pain Science Education: what do toddlers, a magic trick, and fibro pain have in common?
    This episode starts the pain education series. In this episode, I am talking about the foundation of pain science. Most of us think of pain as directly linked to body damage or tissue injury. I will explain how pain does not necessarily mean damage. Anticipation of pain, stress, emotions, memories, and many other triggers can trigger the sensation of pain. This is an important concept that must be understood if you want to find a solution for pain improvement.
    You can see the full transcript:  https://www.buzzsprout.com/1890983/9751127-fibromyalgia-pain-science-education-what-do-toddlers-a-magic-trick-and-fibro-pain-have-in-common
    www.rheumcoach.com - my website
    www.rheumcoach.com/FibroCard - Download your free copy of the "Fibromyalgia is real" postcard to share with your family & friends
    www.FaceBook/com/rheumcoach - lots more information about fibro 

    Disclaimer: This podcast provides information only and does not provide any medical or psychological services or advice. None of the content on this podcast prevents, cures, or treats any mental or medical condition.



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56 Ratings

ecdky ,

Good overall helpful info

I do not have Fybro but I have an inflammatory disease and Dr. Pinkston’s advice is applicable and resourceful for anyone who suffers from flare-ups. I like her everyday examples and common sense approach to overall healthful living.

KY learner ,

So much helpful and useful information

I have been living with undiagnosed fibromyalgia for 20+ years. Now that I finally have a diagnosis, I want to know more about the condition and how to manage it. Dr Pinkston’s podcasts are amazing. I have learned so much useful and affirming information is such a short time. I totally recommend these podcasts to anyone suffering from fibro or chronic pain. Thank you so much, Dr PInkston.

Sparkledew ,

So helpful!

All of the information is presented in an easy to understand format and in small enough segments to not be overwhelming. Everything is solid information and easy to follow. Thank you for addressing fibro directly and with more information than just “you just have to live with it.”

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