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Real Answers and Real Solutions to Real Pain


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.


  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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"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."

Joel Young, MD

Bloomfield Hills, MI December 2020

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.

“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.”

Neal Barnard, MD, FACC
Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C., and President of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

“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.”

Heather Toth, MD
Director of the Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residency Program
at the Froedtert Medical College of Wisconsin and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

"I have spent countless hours at various types of doctors including chiropractors, OBGYNs, ENTs, Allergists, Physical Therapists, Family Doctors, and Internists attempting to explain my ever- changing symptoms. When I first saw Dr. Lenz a few years ago, his staff spent almost two hours with me asking me countless questions that I did not understand. Eventually, Dr. Lenz came into the room and told me I have Fibromyalgia. After almost 35 years of agonizing pain, unnecessary surgeries, and being told my symptoms were hormone related, I felt like a dignified and respected human again. Thank you, Dr. Lenz for this excellent and comprehensive book. You are the voice for those of us who had none in the medical community for too long.

I love the analogies you use in the book too. General contractor is the perfect way to explain the need for physician training in the area of Fibromyalgia.”

Patient of Dr. Lenz

"Started reading and hard to put down, love it!"


Dyan Schaff


2750 Golf Rd. Delafield, WI


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