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@amandajro

@nrd1 I agree. Googling symptoms can add to anxiety and added stress. Having said that, it is human nature to seek and share experiences when searching for answers like is done here on Mayo Clinic Connect between members. I do really like your saying… "Where the mind goes, the energy flows."

Can you share with others what works well for you when you learn something challenging, particularly with regard to your health, and don't know what do to first/next?

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@amandajro-Yes! And in fact thank you for asking.
If you go back and read the original post to this thread, the member gives a clear picture of what they’ve been experiencing. Stress.
-Someone who is suffering from so much stress to where it shows up in the body, will often end up going to multiple doctor visits, having tests that further perpetuate their situation. This does nothing for the mind, which then does nothing for the body.
A person can not get to a calm state , because they, as well as doctors keep them on the hunt with referrals and tests until they’ve exhausted themselves or perhaps got themselves into a worse off situation by a doctor who just wants to diagnose them with something/anything.
-Stress causes inflammation, tension and lowers the immune system. People will want to seek help for the symptoms, but are missing the root cause of it all.
Almost all (almost) dis-ease is a result of stress.
-80% of all PCP/ER visits with complaints of headache or chest pain, are due to stress and lifestyle.
-Doctors can’t tell this to a patient because they are often afraid to be held liable for advising a patient to relax, when a patient is seeking a diagnosis or prescription.
-When someone finds themselves googling or found of a forum that has people joining in doing the same thing, this also does nothing for their mind.
-I see many recommendations to patients experiencing stress, from people who keep encouraging them to get more and more tests, see more and more doctors, and try more and more medications. Or even throwing out all kinds of random possibilities of what they could have. Sending them on more google hunts.

-A big component I see missing in some of the support is the disconnect that people have from their mind/body. It is all connected. The placebo effect is real. People can literally, think themselves into a condition.

-The answer to stress does not lie in a specialist/MD.

-Lifestyle changes need to be addressed/recommended.

-Questions need to be asked to the individual.
What is your current daily schedule?
Sleep? Nutrition? Vitamins/Minerals? Excercise?
Movement? Free time? Hobbies? What do you do to relax? What is your support system like? What is your community like? What brings you joy? Do you have a pet? What are you passions? Etc…

-Recommendations of gratitude journaling, being in nature, getting at least 20 minutes of sunlight, grounding, creating, laughter, movement that puts you back into touch with your body, yoga, meditation, Qi Gong, acupuncture.

-The mind/body are one in the same. We live in a disembodied culture. This type of culture is the bread and butter of business for a doctor.

-Encouraging people to regain control of their intuition and innate wisdom.

-Life coaches can be great for this. Or someone to encourage better coping skills. Joining a community that encourages movement and connectivity to oneself and the body.

-A WHOLE body approach. Is all I ever try to provide with the support I offer.