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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