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Welcome to conquering Your Fibromyalgia. I am Dr. Michael Lenz, host of the podcast Conquering Your Fibromyalgia and author of Conquering Your Fibromyalgia: Real Answers and Real Solutions for Real Pain. I have been a doctor for over 26 years and have broad training that is especially helpful for complex problems like fibromyalgia and related conditions. I am board certified in Pediatrics, Internal Medicine and a diplomat of the boards of lifestyle medicine and clinical lipidology. This training and experience are beneficial because I see conditions connected with central pain processing problems from infancy through old age. Often challenging problems like fibromyalgia are sent to specialists, but no specialty has ownership of fibromyalgia. Rheumatology may diagnose but typically refers to the primary care doctor, who often has little training in diagnosis and management. The realization of the need for an up-to-date book with ongoing learning through the podcast inspired me and my interest in mental health conditions. Around 2016 I had the idea of writing a book on fibromyalgia, with the primary goal of educating my patients. I previously had a 2-page and then a 20-page handout with a link to a youtube video with Dr.Daniel Clauw, who has done a lot of research on fibromyalgia. I was hoping someday Dr. Clauw would write a book, but his focus has been doing research and writing for medical journals. Many of the books on fibromyalgia had good information but weren't up-to-date or sometimes added the sale of special supplements without good evidence for their efficacy. One blessing of COVID was the extra free time to research and write the book. Six months after completing the book, I started the podcast to supplement and enrich what was covered. The book, podcast, and blog are for those with fibromyalgia, their loved ones, as well as doctors and other medical professionals, to grow in their understanding to help those recover to whatever degree possible. I blend the best of lifestyle medicine and medical management using an evidence-based approach. The book, podcast episodes, and blog posts are for educational purposes only. All signs, symptoms, and medical management decisions should be discussed with your trusted medical doctor. And lastly, I want to hear from you, the listeners, readers, and viewers. Hearing your feedback inspires me to continue. Please email me written feedback, or send a recording if you want your feedback or questions aired on a podcast or for a future blog or video.

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Behind the Author

Dr. Michael Lenz is a practicing physician in Delafield, Waukesha County, Wisconsin. He is Board Certified in Pediatrics and Internal Medicine which means he sees patients from newborns through adulthood. He is also a diplomat of the Board of Lifestyle Medicine and a diplomat of the Board of Clinical Lipidology. Dr. Lenz also has received a T. Colin Campbell Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate. Dr. Lenz graduated from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and completed his Residency at the Virginia Commonwealth University Hospitals in Richmond, Virginia. Dr. Lenz has helped hundreds of patients suffering from fibromyalgia-like pain. He is committed to educating, inspiring, and equipping patients to walk through this battle triumphantly.

MICHAEL'S VISION

  Inform, Inspire, and Equip.

Many people have either been told or read that fibromyalgia isn't real, or it is just all in their heads. This misunderstanding, unfortunately, causes harm and is a disservice to those suffering. If you are one of the estimated 10 million people in the United States who are suffering from fibromyalgia, then you know it is real. If you don't have FM, you will, at a minimum, gain a deeper understanding of what you or your loved one is experiencing. If you do have FM, you will feel validated for what you have had to endure. You also will receive actionable steps you can take to thrive, not just survive with FM and its related disorders. You will also learn practical and realistic strategies for conquering your fibromyalgia.

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Joel L. Young, MD is the Medical Director and Founder of the Rochester Center for Behavioral Medicine. Dr. Young is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with added qualifications in geriatric, forensic, and adolescent psychiatry. He serves as a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Wayne State University School of Medicine. He is also Chief Medical Officer of the Clinical Trials Group of Southeast Michigan. He has served as the primary investigator for more than 70 clinical trials, authoring over 100 articles. He has also authored books on chronic fatigue, mental illness, substance abuse, and ADHD. In addition to clinical care, research, and teaching, Dr. Young also collaborates with the NFL and MLB to evaluate professional athletes.

"Conquering Your Fibromyalgia is an essential contribution that should be devoured by people who have fibromyalgia and by physicians who treat them. At least four million people in the United States suffer from fibromyalgia (FM), a syndrome encompassing varying and fluctuating levels of pain, fatigue, and sleep disturbances in addition to major difficulties with memory and concentration. There is scant understanding of the condition and certainly no unified approach to treatment. Most people with FM face resistance from skeptical doctors many of whom are convinced that FM is a fictional disorder endorsed by individuals seeking to obtain disability or have other nefarious motivations. Even sympathetic clinicians struggle to find meaningful and long- lasting treatments that improve their patient’s sense of well- being and daily functioning. In his book, Dr. Lenz describes the endless obstacles encountered by many FM patients. This labyrinth needs to be deconstructed as it leads to patient and physician frustration and subjects too many FM sufferers to unnecessary procedures and dangerous medications. Beyond reviewing the growing literature regarding the use of non-opiate central acting medications for FM, the author endorses a holistic approach combining with exercise, medication, healthy sleep and thoughtful nutrition. Lenz is at his best when describing the role of a plant-based diet in this complement. These are the sections of the book without peril. Conquering Your Fibromyalgia is a unique addition to the literature and knowledge about fibromyalgia. I am eager for patients and their providers to integrate this well weaved and highly researched book. Internists, family doctors, and pediatricians, as well as specialists such as rheumatologists, orthopedic surgeons, neurologists, and psychiatrists will be enhanced by the author’s mastery. In years past, depression was often ignored as a “real” problem until finally the medical community acknowledged that this mood disorder is a valid problem affecting million and needs to be treated. Now it is time for physicians to step up and realize fibromyalgia is a similarly debilitating medical problem that strongly merits diagnosis and treatment. Conquering Your Fibromyalgia is an important contribution to bringing both doctors and patients up to speed on this profoundly serious problem today, offering them helpful solutions to their perplexing problem." ​

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Dr. Neal Barnard is an adjunct associate professor of medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C., president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, and a New York Times bestselling author of 18 books and more than 80 scientific publications. In 2003, he was funded by the National Institutes of Health to test the benefits of a plant-based diet for Type 2 diabetes. His practice focuses on diabetes and other metabolic problems, quantifying the power of nutritional interventions in research studies that have been cited by major medical organizations and the U.S. government. He became a fellow of the American College of Cardiology in 2015, and received the Trailblazer Award from the American College of Lifestyle Medicine in 2016. Find him on Facebook and Instagram.

“This book will provide hope for anyone who is struggling with fibromyalgia. Dr. Michael Lenz provides a comprehensive look at this challenging disease and shares practical tips that can help, highlighting the benefits of a healthful plant-based diet.”

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Dr. Heather Toth has a broad background in internal medicine, pediatrics and medical education. Dr. Toth joined the Medical College of Wisconsin in 2001 for internship and residency and served an additional year as chief resident. Her combined training in both pediatric and adult medicine promotes the ability to care for patients whose illnesses and diseases may span several decades. She is honored to remain at the Medical College of Wisconsin in both the department of medicine and the department of pediatrics as an associate professor and a hospitalist for internal medicine and pediatrics. She truly enjoys her career and looks forward to the opportunity to coordinate care, educate and serve others to improve the health of patients and their families.

“Love the title and an extremely helpful resource for patients, families, and providers with real world case scenarios and practical tips! Validates the fibromyalgia diagnosis and shares helpful take- home messages. Easy to read and understand, would share with anyone suffering from fibromyalgia type symptoms, their loved ones, and providers.” ​

David Boland

If you are suffering from unexplained pain and haven't found answers, Dr Lenz book provides credible insight to why you feel this way and how to find relief.
You will find yourself identifying with information he provides.

Maxwell

I've been suffering with symptoms for years and was recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. I was handed a pamphlet and told that there wasn't much I could do and to go back to my primary care doctor for further help. My primary care doctor who knew nothing about fibromyalgia and was the one who sent me to the specialist in the first place? Yep, that one. Needless to say, I was on my own. I began researching and studying everything I could find. Then I found this book! All I can say is WOW. The clear explanations, the easy to read format, the suggestions and most of all, the compassion... Dr Lenz hit the nail on the head. This book is a must read for everyone who has fibro, who knows someone who has fibro or who works in the medical profession. I was without hope until I read this book. Now, I feel like I am not alone and have hope for the future.

Thank you Dr Lenz.

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