The Brain-Body Connection in Fibromyalgia – Podcast

By Jason Clayden on May 16, 2024

According to the CDC, adults with fibromyalgia are three times more likely to experience major depression and face higher risks of suicide and injury.

Karen Gilmore, a clinician from LifeStance Health, brings invaluable insights from her work in rheumatology, dealing with chronic pain and fatigue. She’ll share how fibromyalgia’s widespread pain, fatigue, and other symptoms intertwine with mental health, often leading to anxiety, depression, mood swings, and cognitive issues like brain fog.

We’ll also discuss practical strategies for managing these challenges, such as setting boundaries around energy, understanding the brain-body connection, and using techniques like the butterfly hug from EMDR therapy. Karen emphasizes the importance of self-care and surrounding oneself with supportive people.