In this podcast series I share all things Fibromyalgia: Starting from what is the fibromyalgia pain all about, through where it comes from to how to treat it. You don't want to miss it!
Episode 47: How to decide whether your new symptoms are fibromyalgia or something serious?
My patients often ask me: How do I know whether what I feel is my old fibromyalgia or something new and serious? in this episode I share my own recent experience after developing new symptoms of numbness tingling in R hand and R foot, how it freaked me out and what helped me feel better. The story is still evolving :-)
Episode 46: What to do with new pain on top of "old" pain?
In this episode I give you suggestion on how to handle situation when you experience acute on top of chronic pain of fibromyalgia.
Episode 45: What does the pain relief in fibromyalgia come down to?
Episode 45: What does the pain relief in fibromyalgia really come down to?
So Excited to be here, brining you episode #45.
The focus of today’s episode is zeroing in on what is the pain reduction really about. I had an epiphany very recently and realized that I have to share it with you because it just may help some of you to think of pain relief in fibromyalgia and other chronic pain conditions differently.
While I was still working on this episode, 2 days ago, I was in a car accident, I rear-ended a truck. I got distracted while in slow traffic, the line of cars stopped at a light and I did not realize this soon enough. The reason I am mentioning this is that I had yet another re-inforcement of the concept I am talking to you about!
So the question is: what does the pain relief in chronic pain and fibromyalgia really come down to? In a nutshell, the pain relief comes down to finding evidence for and focusing on all the ways our nervous system and brain ARE working FOR US as opposed to looking for evidence of how they do not. That’s it.
Let me explain.
If you listen to enough of my episodes or videos you know I view the process of recovery from chronic pain in 3 main steps or strategies:
Understand and embrace the concept of neuroplasticity – meaning – accept that the brain/central nervous system generate the pain (and as result can take it away because the neuronal connections are born and severed /deleted every day based on our practices and habits)
BELIEVE the pain relief is possible AND available to you
Lastly, engage the relaxation response that makes our primitive brains feel SAFE.
I notice that often, even myself, being an experienced pain coach that I am, I tend to first think of the worst case scenario when I experience worsening of pain. Basically, my brain offers the following thought: “You see?? It is NOT working! Your pain cannot and will not get better!” And in the past I would succumb to that thought which would lead me down the spiral of doom and would not lead to anything good, seriously.
The good news is that this is normal, Our brains, our lovely brains that want to keep us safe and comfortable and love familiarity above all else, even it is not serving us, will offer us that thought. And our job is to say, well, dear brain, how about focusing on ways this DOES work?
The way to achieve this, is to sit down with a pen and paper, and think of all the times your body DID do something that may have delighted or surprised you, or may not have even registered in your attention, basically you took it for granted. I will give you some examples:
Think of one activity that you enjoy doing that you can actually forget a little or completely about your pain. Meaning, when you think about the pain then you may feel it but in the moment you are completely lost in the flow of things and you are blissfully unaware of any pain. This is a proof our nervous system is working as designed and intended. It takes away from the pain because it is focusing on something pleaseant and the pleasant and joy neurotransmitters temporarily win over the pain inducing ones.
Think of ANY time your pain was clearly worse when you were stressed out or under enormous pressure – whether in personal life or in a workplace. Your pain was worse, you did not sleep well, you were more tired. This is a proof that the system is working. The stress response is resulting in increased production of stress related chemicals that make us feel worse.
Have you ever felt excited about something, super excited, either an event you were going to go to, or a new movie, or a concert or a vacation you dreamt up and paid for, and transiently you could feel less burden of a pain? How about being excited about some project at home or at work where you were applying yourself creatively or in a leadership position – have you felt a jolt of energy, life force, energy
Episode 44: what do a sick child, a break up and an overwhelmed Mom have to do with fibromyalgia ?
Episode 43: Winning at fibromyalgia online course available for the first time
WAF Episode 44: The first of its kind, Winning at Fibromyalgia online course is born!
Today is a special day. First of all, I am recording this from my “studio” in England and when it airs, I will still be in England! Of course, I don’t have a studio in England, I am visiting my sister and she lives in England, about 30 minutes southwest from London and so temporarily my recording studio is here
Second, today is day 3 of my new Winning at Fibromyalgia online course going live, meaning being available for purchase. This course is basically the labor of my study and research and seeing patients over the past 12 months and my desire to let the knowledge know the large swaths of people with fibromyalgia and other forms of similar chronic pains.
What triggered me to get myself into high gear action was the culmination of events. I mentioned to you in one of the prior episodes I am working on a tedx talk about this new way of handling and reducing pain in fibromyalgia. I have continued seeing many women in my office with fibromyalgia and one of them literally told me she has felt crazy in medical offices when she would talk to physicians and other health care providers about her pain. Because she looks well, she did not feel believed, even dismissed. She felt she was viewed as a drug seeker when all she wanted was feeling better, feeling NORMAL.
If health care makes people feel crazy, something is very wrong. We can do better. I can do better.
So I have put together an online format of material that I normally teach my patients in person, over the course of several sessions. It is an online program that teaches you everything about fibromyalgia and how to help yourself. It includes scientific information that I dissect into small digestible pieces. You learn at your own pace. From the comfort of your home.
I am offering it for a super discounted price of 249 USD to a small number of participants who are eager to take advantage of this opportunity and realize this is a rare opportunity. This small group of learners we ask for your feedback on the course.
t will only be available for purchase at this price tag until this coming Thursday. We will then close the cart and reopen in December at probably doubled price.8
So why is it such a big deal?
It is first and only course of its kind at the moment in this space. You will not find another course geared toward humans suffering from fibromyalgia, not of this quality and not at this price.
When you purchase my course, you will have the advantage of learning from the Comfort of your home, even your PJs!
Price tag of 249 USD – I do not exaggerate when I say the courses of this kind, containing the type of information I cover are worth THOUSANDs of dollars. Thousands. I am making it available at this price so that it can become available to as many people with fibromyalgia of you as many are willing to learn and find out.
I have a unique combination of skills that were crucial for putting this course together – I am a rheumatologist so I have been seeing patients with fibromyalgia for over 15 years, I have the condition myself, and last but not the least I took special interest in understanding and trialing the tools to help – and proofed them on myself.
The information included in the course is the magic sauce:
Scientific information I gathered over the course of many years as a rheumatologist and put it in small easy to digest bites. Examples of such information is how we know the pain in real in Fibromyalgia and what kind of factors affect it.
I also summarize prior research done in the area of how our thoughts and beliefs affect our experiences of pain.
I review, step by step, the WAF method to reduce the pain. It includes somatic experiencing of the pain, being able to be pres
Episode 42: On healing/relaxation response and pain relief with Dr. Robyn Tiger
Today's guest: Dr. Robyn Tiger
Physician | Trauma-Informed Self-Care Coach | Podcaster
Dr. Tiger shares so much good stuff it is hard to know where to start.
Robyn Tiger, MD is on a mission to empower busy humans with self-care tools backed by science and research. She does a lot of work with physicians on the verge of burnout or coming out of burnout but the tools she discusses in this episode are literally for EVERYONE.
At the beginning of the episode i asked her how she got to do the work she does - and she shares her OWN journey, how terrible her body felt while she was still working as a breast imaging radiologist. Her symptoms included body pain reminiscent of fibromyalgia and HOST of other symptoms that were ALL related to stress but nobody could diagnose it for her!
The signifcance of this episode that MOST of our chronic stress symptoms are completely reversible! IF and WHEN we are ready to start implementing simple, effective and ancient tools that old cultures thousands of years ago before us knew.
Dr. Tiger is certified in yoga therapy, meditation and life coaching. She offers innovative CME accredited courses, private coaching, and podcast that focus on complete physical, mental, and emotional well-being and resilience
When she’s not busy supporting her colleagues, Robyn can be found enjoying her own self-care through hiking, paddle boarding, meditating, yoga, playing with her dog, husband and kids in the mountains of Asheville, NC.
SHe is a host of Stress Free MD and her website is:
Love love love the podcast
The podcast is amazing. The guest interviews always flow beautifully and Martina always asks the questions I want to know. This is a wonderful resource for patients who want to win at fibromyalgia.
Incredible wisdom and helpful insights from an expert!
Tremendous resource for patients experiencing symptoms of fibromyalgia. As a physician, I appreciate the incredible level of expertise and high quality recommendations. Detailed and insightful information packed into each episode! Thank you for your passion and dedication to improving the lives of those living with fibromyalgia!
A clear, concise explanation of Fibromyalgia by a doctor who clearly specializes in the condition. She is giving hope to all those who suffer and I can’t wait to hear what she says next!