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It’s unsettling when we can’t get a diagnosis for a medical problem we’re experiencing. We’ve seen the doctors, gone through a battery of tests, and sometimes there’s no answer to what ails us.

Recent literature shows medically unexplained symptoms such as headaches, muscle pain, fatigue, and general malaise are fairly common. And some experts are pushing for integrative approaches to treatment that will consider both physical and psychological components.

Dr. Dan Gottlieb and his guests discuss how to cope when there’s no explanation for the symptoms you have? His guests include Ellen Dornelas and Daniel Monti.

Ellen Dornelas is a health psychologist in Hartford, Connecticut.

Daniel Monti is Executive and Medical Director of the Jefferson-Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine in Philadelphia.

Recommended reading:

  • You Don’t LOOK Sick: Living Well With Invisible Chronic Illness by Joy H. Selak & Steven S. Overman MD
  • Just Fine: Unmasking Concealed Chronic Illness + Pain by Carol Sveilich MA
  • Integrative Psychiatry: Weil Integrative Medicine Library by Daniel A. Monti MD & Bernard D. Beitman MD (book of guest)
  • Stress Proof the Heart: Behavioral Interventions for Cardiac Patients” & “Psychotherapy with Cardiac Patients: Behavioral Cardiology in Practice by Ellen A. Dornelas (book of guest)
  • In the Kingdom of the Sick: A Social History of Chronic Illness in America by Laurie Edwards
  • A Delicate Balance: Living Successfully with Chronic Illness by Susan Milstrey Wells
  • How to Be Sick: A Buddhist Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and Their Caregivers by Toni Bernhard

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  • Amber

    I think our society is broken. As humans we need whole foods, community, clean water and excerize. Connection is the most important thing we have. Technology and television and our addiction to sugar and sitting in offices, our whole culture is the root of all of these issues.

  • charlie reilly

    Please help. I went to the Archives and could not hear any sound from “Undiagnosis” or any other of the broadcasts. Until this week there was something to hit right next to the show’s title. Neither of your broadcast times works for me and I have been listening via the Archives for years.

    Thank you

    • Sarah Kaizar

      Hi Charlie — Sorry you’re having trouble listening online. If you go into the archives and click on a show title, (for example, “Undiagnosis”), this will take you to a new page where you should find an audio player directly under the show title. This audio player offers a few different ways to listen — you could click the large play button to play audio directly on the page, or you could download the audio by clicking “Download” in the upper right corner of the player to access the audio. If this audio player isn’t working for you at all, you can always access past Voices programs through the podcast feed: feed://whyy.org/cms/voicesinthefamily/feed/ If you continue to have trouble, please let us know — we’re happy to help!

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