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LIVE WELL PODCAST | EPISODE 7 - DR. STEVE OVERMAN ON HOW TO COLLABORATE WITH YOUR DOCTOR

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Dr. Overman

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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Show Notes:

  • 0:00 Introduction

  • 0:21 Introducing Dr. Steve Overman

  • 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

  • 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

      • Toxins

      • Sleep

      • Diet

      • Exercise

      • Stress

  • 9:90 Advice for those going through the healthcare system with a chronic illness

    • Phases of illness

    • Find support - get a coach

  • 10:56 Outro

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P.S. I always offer free 30-minute discovery sessions to get clear on your major health concerns and what’s standing in your way.

We're all unique and will implement each of these strategies differently, so contact me to set up a consultation and we can create a plan of action specifically for you.

In Health, 

Christina Tidwell, MN, RN, CHC