If you have a health concern, such as muscle pain or constant fatigue, and have not been able to get a diagnosis, it can be challenging to cope with your situation.
Integrative medicine expert Daniel Monti, MD, medical and executive director of the Jefferson-Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine, and another guest recently joined Dr. Dan Gottlieb on his WHYY program, Voices in the Family, to discuss the topic.
The discussion focused on how to cope when there’s no explanation for the symptoms you have.
Often someone in this situation will wonder whether the problem is “all in their head” since their physicians have not found a physiological cause.
“I would have to underscore that nothing is ever 100 percent in our head so to speak, or in our bodies, and that the mind and the body are flipsides of the same coin,” Dr. Monti explained.
Integrative medicine, he added, is “guided by a bio-psycho-social model where all three of those are components that effect the way that we feel.”
“The literature is clear that stress and emotional distress can make any physical problem worse and,” Dr. Monti said, “with virtually every disease we know of, the outcomes are worse if our stress is high or we’re feeling distressed.”
Click here to listen to the full hour-long discussion entitled Undiagnosis from WHYY.