LIVE WELL PODCAST | EPISODE 7 - DR. STEVE OVERMAN ON HOW TO COLLABORATE WITH YOUR DOCTOR
Dr. Steve Overman is a clinical professor at the University of Washington and a recently retired Rheumatologist and founder of the Seattle Arthritis Clinic. He's also the co-author of the book, You Don’t Look Sick! Living Well with Chronic Invisible Illness.
In episode 7 of the Live Well Podcast, Dr. Overman speaks about the difficulty of diagnosing autoimmune disease and how to best collaborate with your doctor to get the most out of your care.
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0:21 Introducing Dr. Steve Overman
Dr. Overman’s Book: You Don’t Look Sick!: Living Well with Chronic Invisible Illness
0:60 The importance of finding a coach
0:90 Why is it so difficult to diagnose autoimmune diseases?
0:95 What is autoimmune disease
Organ vs. systemic
1:30 Autoinflammatory diseases - not specific antibodies to measure
1:55 Allergies - mast cell activation
1:80 Difficulty to get a diagnosis
Lack of time
Lack of education
2:30 How to communicate your story to your doctor to get the most effective care
“Don’t read the last chapter first”
3:00 Bring one piece of paper to your office visit
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4:00 Autoimmune disease as an invisible illness
4:30 Fibromyalgia information
Amplification of symptoms seen on MRI
5:09 Frustration with getting taken seriously by your doctor
5:60 Using a response to treatment to help with an ongoing diagnosis
7:45 “A Snake in the Mist” - feeling like you’re going to die before you get a diagnosis
7:60 Three strikes to firing a doctor
8:15 Current treatment of Autoimmune Disease in our healthcare system
Dr. O’s Big 5
9:90 Advice for those going through the healthcare system with a chronic illness
Phases of illness
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