Emotions Cause Physical Pain? | Mind Body Connection | Doctor Mike

čas přidán 25. 10. 2018
I wanted to share with you something that has changed the way I practice medicine. I have been seeing patient's come in with all sorts of unexplained symptoms including chronic pain for years without a clear root cause.
Understanding that the mind and body are intimately connected is extremely important in being able to help patients. A holistic approach mean a whole (hol-) person approach. That means in order to treat any condition appropriately I need to ask my patients questions tied to their mental health as well.
My recommendation are to:
1) Have a Primary Care Doctor (don't rely on Urgent Cares to give you Holistic care)
2) Establish an honest, open relationship with your Primary Doc
3) Take time out of your day to be mindful of your emotions (especially if they seem to be buried deep).
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  • Thats funny because i came to this video because i got a horrible lower back pain while crying over my ex.....

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  • The medical industry has NO INTEREST in discussing mind body connection NOR helping patients resolve negative emotions and experiences to solve their medical problems. Why not? The money goes away. Patients would be cured and would stop doctor visits and stop buying pharmaceutical drugs to which many doctors are on the drug companies payroll. #truth

  • Oh yes they do, so me and my “best friend” were playing video games and we hung out for years and we where bros, I kill him in pvp and he rages like I’ve never seen before and I ask him; why are u being such a bum, I’ve never seen you like this? He replied there’s a lot you don’t know about, you don’t know me at all and then bam, I get sharp headache and shoulder pain. A fake friend can get to your heart and rip you apart from the inside

  • Everything psychological is biological. Depression is linked to an increased level of inflamation and the responsivness of the immune system. For an example, it is four times more likely to catch a disease, while experiencing a stressful time.

  • Yes !! The Mind Body Connection, Needs to be addressed more, Thank You ! 👍🏻

  • Dr. Mike you took me back when I was taking psychology class in college. I remember learning about ghost pain known as phantom pain. Which is a person who is having pain in a limb that is no longer there. I believe that like you said, it has to do with your mind. Great video and as always lots of blessings to you and your family. Hugs for Roxy and Bear.

  • Hi Dr Mike, can you please make a video on POTS; Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome. 🙏

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  • As a social worker, I love LOVE your approach with your patients!

  • Do you have a list of colleagues or people outside the new York/New Jersey area that you would recommend that share your passion in providing a holistic and encompassing approach for their patients?

  • I appreciate this video. It can also work the other way - body-mind connection. I had low grade physical symptoms for years that I assumed must be mental or emotional in some way. Eventually I got really, really sick. Most docs assumed I must be anxious or depressed (I wasn't at the time, but I didn't have a better reason either). One doctor realized I got really sick when I moved. It turns out I was living in a house with mold from water damage, and I'm really reactive to mold and allergic to some strains. It's easy to confuse subtle physical feelings for mental/emotional ones and vice versa, because physical sensation and feeling (mentally/emotionally) are wrapped up together. All the "feelings" I'd dismissed for years were largely physical symptoms when I was reacting to a moldy environment (for instance, exposure triggers the sympathetic nervous system/causes dysautonomia - my heart rate shoots up, feel sweaty, sometimes vision changes - which feels an awful lot like "anxiety outta nowhere"). Treating the physical symptoms cleared up the mental/cognitive component - it was physiological, not psychological. I couldn't believe it after struggling so hard for so long and truly believing it was all in my head. I feel lucky to have had a doctor take the time to talk to me and catch a problem that no one - including me - caught for years. (3 cheers for good doctors!)

  • Switching my children to a family doctor from a pediatrician was the best decision we ever made. It helps due to our doctor knows the whole family and can take the fact that I have a child with special needs into account. She spot my anxiety from a mile away after getting to know our whole story.

  • hey doctor mike Im 15 and i was wondering I get back pain (mostly lower)sometimes Imostly when im idle like standing in one spot for too long and not doing much and when I lie down I can feel all the pressure release from my back even if I didn't notice the pain earlier (my dads side of the family has a history of back pain and back issues) now I also struggle with anxiety and get stressed alot could there be a connection between the two or is it just genes and posture.(sorry if this is a dumb question)

  • Refreshing to hear Dr. Sarno's name mentioned..he was a pure genius! Well done !!

  • Hi Mike, I was curious to know if there was any science behind the reason we procrastinate when we know there’s no benefit and the only consequences are bad. By the way, I love your videos, they’re very informative and so interesting so thank you for doing what you’re doing 😊

  • I have anxiety and I have learned to notice when my body starts reacting before the racing thoughts even surface. My jaw clenches, my heart/chest area feels tight and tingly, sometimes my palms sweat. I used to have very tight shoulders. It was annoying when people used to tell me to "relax your shoulders!!" because to me, they were relaxed! I just carried a lot of my stress and anxiety in my shoulders so they looked like they were always tense even when I was at rest. I've been able to loosen them up with Barre exercise. It's just crazy how much I have recently been noticing how my body reacts to my mental state.

  • Sooooo is this why it actually feels like my heart has broken? That chest feeling huuuuuurt for realzzz

  • I have an elbow pain that's been going on for 6 months and when I checked it on ultrasound about 5 months ago, it wasn't there. Whenever I straighten my elbow it makes that clicking noise and it often hurts. I have been diagnosed with anxiety and depression 2 years ago and it has gotten worse since the injury happened (at least for depression). I can't tell if it's the mind playing tricks on me or if it's still there. The injury happened when I was practicing on basketball and it was basically an overuse on the wrist and elbow which may have caused an elbow injury. It was probably caused by the lack of wrist or shoulder strength too.

  • I feel like in Germany we have a problem in the opposite direction. In know several people who had actual neurological problems or gastritis etc. where the doctors didn't believe them or tried telling them they are just stressed. I had terrible pain in both legs for three years, but because of my history with depression barely anyone believed me or wanted to only work on a mental level. Just recently I found out that the tissue in my lower back was hardened which had very negative impact on the nerves in my legs. I am now treating it. Also: sometimes if you have both mental and physical illnesses, maybe the physical problems caused your mental ones. Like if you are in bad pain for a longer time, it's possible to have depression as a result.

  • Hearing about this mind-body relationship (and especially how your mind can create symptoms to distract from the unconscious stresses) reminds me of how a person with dissociative identity disorder can have incredible changes between identities including a change in eye colour or gaining or losing a severe allergy I've been really enjoying watching these videos and learning so much interesting stuff, thanks for putting all of this information out there in such an accessible way!

  • My therapist is always on his phone texting , or has to leave early so our session is only like 30 mins. Instead of a full hour! I have a new therapist which doesn’t talk about any of the things that need to be discussed and it’s so frustrating because I want to get better and they are just no help... I’m getting fed up!

  • This is exactly what my yoga instructor was going on about! You can exercise and practice yoga all you want but it’s not going to always help take pain or tension away like a relaxed mind condition will do.

  • Thank you so much for advocating for the importance of seeking medical care. Because of your videos I stopped putting off my health and just had my first appointment with my new PCP a few days ago. I was having chronic lower thoracic back pain and was also diagnosed with postpartum depression (again 😞) so I feel the two could be related. I love seeing doctors like yourself so open to talking about mental health since it’s been such a taboo subject and I feel like that needs to change. I hope you’re doing well and I can’t thank you enough for your videos giving me that extra push to establish care and get help💕

  • Thank you this really help me alot thought I was loosing it.hahaha this is what up.doctor yuh keep you keep it 100%

  • For what it's worth, I have a LOT of physical issues that cause a ton of pain. To the point where I take high levels of nsaids and a TID dosing of Gabapentin with the occasional dose of kratom for super bad days. Once I was able to get treatment for my mental health, a lot of my pain eased up. I have severe anxiety in multiple forms(including panic disorder) and once I found a med that actually helped that a good bit of my back pain eased up. Obviously not all of my pain is gone and my pcp and I are still figuring out what is going on, but having even that relief had been drastically beneficial. I've also noticed that high stress increases my pain levels. Its a whole adventure!

  • I have a central prolapsed disc and I've had it for almost 15yrs. I'm constantly in pain and I've had 2 rhizotomies but the last one didn't do anything. What's your opinion in surgery to help and relieve the pain?

  • Mike, 2 questions. Most of my current illnesses are endocrine related and I love my endocrinologist. The last time I saw a pcp, they told me that aside from vaccines, they felt like I had a really good doctor already who was acting as a pcp and endocrinologist for me, and suggested that I just stick with him. Is this ok? Second question, I had a horrible reaction to a flu vaccine, and it was suggested after another reaction to a different vaccine that I'm allergic to vaccines grown on egg medium. How can a patient know what vaccines are grown on egg medium in advance and are there alternative vaccines that aren't grown on that medium?

  • There 100 percent is a connection between physical and mental health. I feel anxiety in my stomach and my forehead. depression feels physically heavy on my shoulders and upper back. It's hard to describe.

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  • So, you're gonna be angry with me, but I don't have a primary doctor. My personal interaction with most doctors when I have a health issue is being told "You're young. It will heal." and when I go back in later, with it not being better, I get the same line. There is very little in the way of "Let's work to figure this out." that has ever come from a doctor for me. So, now I go to urgent care. I'm currently needing to go back in for my checkup (the first one I'll keep to) over a lower back issue that has spanned years of my life at this point. I can't stress enough how important a good, and genuine doctor is to having us "millennials" actually want to return. Being told time and time again that my back will just get better because I'm young, and being brushed off when I say it isn't, is exactly why I don't trust I'll get the care I'll need when I go in to see a doctor. I don't pretend to know what it takes to be a doctor, and I can imagine that having younger patients (

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  • This is a really great topic, I know i found it a little late, but Thank You! I agree that it is important to be honest with our primary care docs. I have a great relationship with my PC , but he has never asked me mental health questions. There is a question on the patient form, but that has been my experience. How can we get more docs to take a larger view of the patient as a whole, thus generating naturally to the personal questions that are necessary to get to the emotional problems?

  • I literally always brush off all my emotions. 🤐💀

  • Yes I developed "vulvodynia"due to rape. I began therapy and later pelvic floor physical therapy and have made significant improvements in my health. It's a very difficult thing to begin due to humiliation. Fear, etc but I am happy I started. Before realizing this I had seen 6 doctors who put me on meds, lidocaine, and even suggested therapy. I had nothing physically wrong with my anatomy. It was all in my mind. Heal the mind heal the body!!

  • I’d love to see you dive more into concussions and their lasting effects

  • Can you talk about the stigmatization of physicians with mental health conditions and the “invisible curriculum” of invincibility within medical training?

  • I feel like more doctors need to understand this I was having REALLY bad heart palpitations/tachycardia type shit going on in 12th grade I thought I was bleeding out inside my chest I thought I was gonna die. I didn’t understand why. I went to 3 or 4 cardiologists. Got “you’re fine. This is normal. You have a ‘‘ normal irregular heart rate’” No it ain’t. I feel like I’m internally bleeding because my heart is going too fast when all I’m doing is sitting here. Go to a therapist for depression. “Yea that’s a panic attack. Here’s what you do for that” 3 doctors told me I was fine. Did not help me. 3 heart monitors. But no I’m fine you can’t tell me what’s wrong with me. MENTAL ISSUES CAUSE PHYSICAL AILMENTS PLEASE UNDERSTAND THIS. If something is wrong with you and a doctor tells you you’re fine but you know clearly something isn’t okay then it can actually make your mental issue worse thus making your physical issue worse.

  • I think this 'Mind-Body-Connection'-thing just happened to me. Four days ago at around 2 am I woke up with an awful lower back pain (came out of nowhere). Suddenly I couldn't lay down. I could barely sit and I could only stand in one position without being in pain and after a while that started to hurt too. - I had just watched another video of yours where you mentioned something with lower back pain and inactivity. And that sunday I had been overly inactive - basically a super lazy Sunday ;) I thought that could be the reason. But now that I'm watching this video - What also happened that sunday in the evening was that my mum told us that my grandad has cancer. She was crying and I couldn't do anything but hold her and try to comfort her. I didn't cry (normally I would cry. I do cry if I'm sad. But this was not just sadness. I think we might be in grief). In stead of crying I think I might have pushed my grief to my lower back which suddenly took all my attention by giving be extreme back pain. Also my breathing. I'm feeling oddly out of breath and I find myself forgetting to breathe. Then I have to take a really deep and big breath with my whole body to feel that I can get enough air. (Am I having mild panic attacks?) It's either one days laziness and horrific grief or I'm really physically sick. (Just to mention that I did call the night doctor and she said to take painkillers and call my doctor in the morning if I was still in pain. Long night. I was still in pain and called my doctor the next morning and his assistant told me to take painkillers throughout the day and see if the pain decreased and otherwise call again the next day.) It's been a few days now and I'm stil in a little bit of pain. I didn't call back because the pain has decreased quite a lot. I still have to force some deep heavy breathing but as of today maybe that is also getting a bit better. So, I'm just waiting to see if it will go away by itself. I don't even know why I writing this. I think I just need to get it out.

  • Morning, Mike! I have a question about just some kind of mind-body-connection: Eating disorders. Do you have any helpful ideas how to cure binge eating on a longtimebasis on your own? I actually don't have any more ideas.... I would be really glad for advise

  • Hi, doctor Mike, what you say in this video is pretty familiar to me. I have a chronic headache in the lower part of backside of the head. Actually there is no reason for it and no solution according to many doctors i have visited for the past 5 years. Do you think it's based on emotions as when I feel stressed or disappointed I usually get it.If so what should I do to avoid it or what should I do when I get it? Any solutions? I value your comments in your next video

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  • Dr. Mike I heard you mention mindfulness! Which has became an important focal point in my life! If you havent read this book already I suggest The Art of Power by Thich Nhat Hanh. Great book about finding peace and joy in life. It has helped me deepen my since of peace. And I think it has potential to maybe certain patients were you see fit. I reccomend to anyone reading 10/10 book

  • Dr. Mike, I'm a 22 female diagnosed with anxiety, bipolar type 1 and BPD. For many years now everytime I get anxiety I get these really bad stomach aches. I get anxiety almost on the daily at work due to the pressure of being in a leadership position. I have anxiety pills (lorazepam) that I take only when I get anxiety attacks. I feel like I need it almost everytime I work but I hate taking medication and I don't want to look to my doctor that I'm taking them for a kick (my mother was addicted to pills). Is there something I can do to help this? I'm getting really tired of it. Would a daily anxiety pill instead of situational pill help?

    • My husband said his anxiety medication allowed him to function enough to start mindfulness, therapy, lifestyle changes, etc. Maybe try that? Meds dont have to be forever, and the various anxiety meds that I've heard of don't cause addiction. And remember: it gets better. Keep working on it. :)

  • I will start off by saying I agree, but there are some problems. What about doctors using it as an excuse or if they say “oh well it’s probably just stress or the fact that you had a bad childhood. I was sexually abused as a child and when the medical world found out they would not take me seriously. Every time I went to an emergency room or my own doctor I heard this “oh it’s just her heard or she’s just trying to get attention. For 4 months I was telling my doctor that something was wrong down under, she did a vaginal exam and tested for std’s. When it came back negative she told me that my symptoms where in my head. After a while i got a another doctor to look at it and she sent me the a gynecologist. After some testing it turn out that I had stage 1 cervical cancer. (I have been cancer free for almost 6 years now) How can one avoid doctors dismissing when you have mental issues and you have a psychological problem? Sorry for the long comment 😅 I live in Denmark so this didn’t happen in USA, but I think that it’s important all over the world to know how your mental health can affect you. On a side note I have the highest respect for doctors and nurses. Your job must be hard sometimes both with the people and the economic aspect. Keep up the good job you guys rock 💪🏻

  • My insurance has finally realized this connection and will be encouraging primary care and mental health providers to integrate care for their members receiving mental health services.

  • I actually went to the hospital bc I was stuttering and having headache and turns out I was just overly stressed

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  • Finally ! A young smart doctor who’s caught on! Thank you. You can be the next Dr. John Sarno! And I’m sure you’ve read the book The Great Pain Deception... this is so crucial. TMS. It proves that structural issues do not cause pain. I am a living example. I have 4 huge emotional issues going on and I have multiple physical symptoms. People deny Sarno’s facts because they assume it’s saying they are emotionally weak. Not true. You are awesome. I will subscribe and share.

  • Hi Sir, I have texted related questions to this topic on Facebook messenger.. with id "Apurva Hitaishi" please help me out Sir. Eagerly waiting for your response. Huge Thanks in advance.

  • Well this video is great,thank you for good words and knowledge ,I m spiritual guider,who working on chakra but i want to ask you,isn't it our mental health ,related to thoughts & emotions ,many times emotionally pain make me physically sick on very very low level,,what to do

  • Does costochondritis count as tms? I'm in treatment, but this all came on when I lost my mom and baby a month apart. Anytime I meditate I can get the pain down a bit... I just never hear that rib inflammation can be caused from my emotions? Help!

  • Im on beta blockers and in alot of pain.so mosst doctoes dont believe im in painbcause my heart rate stays low from meds

  • Hay doc i have tow have back Surgery as well as a Spinal tap and in the Recovery time for the back surgery i have a Knee surgery my doc for the knee sugery sead it would be fin but i Want a second opinion.

  • You make me want to be a GP, Dr Mike. A specialty I've never really considered before. But it seems so varied and interesting.

  • I feel like doctors in Germany always assume it's the psyche unless its proven it isnt. How many times have I been in pain after doctors sent me home bc its just in my head when I actually had gastritis or other shit

  • I have anxiety. When it's high, I feel nauseous, got stomach pain/diarrhoea, vomiting, acid reflux, headaches etc. Sucks balls :v

  • I have illness anxiety disorder that making my life so hard I've been experiencing this physical symptoms for a month now neck pain, arm, back etc everything that i feel i will search it on the internet as a symptom of a serious illness always thinking that im gonna die im always crying at night always thinking that i have lung cancer cause of my chronic cough but the doctors says my lung is just fine I won't believe it i feel like they miss something or it's just in early stage to detect it it all started when i thought i have diabetes and the lukemia and up until now i suffer from anxiety that makes me depressed everytime i wake up i feel empty i feel like my days are going to end i just wanted to share my feelings and information on what and hows the everyday life of a person like me who suffers from this type of anxiety it's been very hard for me to cope shortness of breath back pain, neck pain, arm pain, leg pain my anxiety is dragging me down just want to share im only 17 btw

  • Hope you notice this I recommend the book the body keeps the score