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"Why Your Doctor Can’t Find Anything Wrong With You"

 

Back in 1983, Dr. David Clarke saw his first patient for whom he "couldn't find anything wrong."

Despite a bunch of tests, procedures, and following all the standard medical advice at the time she was still ill. 

Unable to think of anything else to try, he finally referred her to a colleague. 

Unfortunately, he didn't expect much improvement.   

Months later he ran into the other physician in an elevator.  After some small talk he asked "How did Ms. X do?" 

What the other physician told him changed his life, and his medical practice, forever. 

On this episode of Straight Shot Health Talk, Dr. Clarke and I discuss that first encounter plus the thousands more he has had since.

 

We also talk about what you can do if "Your doctor can't find anything wrong....."

 

 

Read more, see the full transcript or listen to episode at:

http://clicks.aweber.com/y/ct/?l=4keIFQ&m=3iB5AV8ks2Sy99K&b=fz.z.N7.PUvYLleJ03QN2A

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Psycho-somatic stress is real.  Psycho refers to the mind and soma to the body. An ulcer is a good example of a psychosomatic disease, where mental stress can cause physical problems. Dr. Clark is a gastroenterologist who discovered one third of his patients had such problems. He also discovered that the cause was emotional trauma often from much earlier in life.
While everyone knows that physical pain can cause emotional pain, emotional pain can also cause physical pain. This becomes particularly important to recognize in the setting of chronic, medically unexplained pain syndromes. Teaching a patient how to control their lives, (taking control of emotional circumstances in life that render them trapped, helpless, overwhelmed and out of control), often has a marked reduction on somatic pain. Regaining control with direct healthy behavior and habits (Christ Driven Behavior) is hard work but results in regaining control of their pain and more importantly their life! Eat well, move well, think well.

 
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Why Your Doctor Can’t Find Anything Wrong With You

 
 

Since 1983, gastroenterologist Dr. David Clarke has successfully cared for over 7000 patients with Stress Illness. This is a fantastic episode with some great takeaways you can use TODAY for your own health!

Source of above podcast: http://straightshothealth.com/why-your-doctor-cant-find-anything-wrong-with-you/


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Hidden Stress Screening Test

1. How much stress have you experienced in your life recently? (Choose one answer.)

None

Score = 0

Mild

Score = 1

Moderate

Score = 2

Severe

Score = 3

 

2. How often do you neglect your own needs because you are taking care of others? (Choose one answer.)

Rarely

Score = 0

Occasionally

Score = 1

Frequently

Score = 2

Nearly Always

Score = 3

 

3. Over the last two weeks, how often have you been bothered by the following problems? (For each row, choose the one box that applies best to you.)

 

Not at All

 

Score = 0

Several Days

Score = 1

More than Half the Days

Score = 2

Nearly Every Day

Score = 3

A.Feeling nervous, anxious or on edge.

    

B.Not being able to stop or control worrying.

    

C.Feeling down, depressed or hopeless.

    

D.Little interest or pleasure in doing things.

    

 

4. In the past month, how much have you been bothered by repeated, disturbing memories, thoughts, images or dreams of a stressful experience? (Choose one answer.)

Not at All

Score = 0

A little Bit

Score = 1

Moderately

Score = 2

Quite a Bit

Score = 3

Extremely

Score = 4

 

5. In the past month, how much have you been bothered by feeling very upset when something reminded you of a stressful experience? (Choose one answer.)

Not at All

Score = 0

A little Bit

Score = 1

Moderately

Score = 2

Quite a Bit

Score = 3

Extremely

Score = 4

 

6. How would you feel if you discovered that a child you care about was experiencing everything you did as a child? (Choose one answer.)

Happy

Score = 0

Neutral

Score = 1

Sad or Angry

Score = 2

Very Sad or Very Angry

Score = 3

 

Total Hidden Stress Score __________ (range 0 - 29)

 

Interpreting the Hidden Stress Screening Test

A word of caution: this test is too short to provide more than a screen for hidden stresses. It will not detect all the stresses capable of causing physical illness nor is it capable of reliable diagnosis. If you have concerns about a score greater than zero on any question a discussion with a medical or mental health professional would be a good next step.

No score proves or disproves the presence of hidden stress. People with higher scores are more likely to have hidden stresses but even some people with scores in the 2-5 range will have issues they could beneficially review with a health care professional.

Here are a few additional basic suggestions about what to do for scores greater than zero for each question.

Question 1: Make a list of every stress in your life. Keep the list with you and add to it as new ideas come up. Then, see if you can reduce the stress from some of the listed items.

Question 2: If possible, take several hours each week for self-indulgence to put yourself on the list of people for whom you care.

Question 3 A & B: These two questions screen for the presence of an Anxiety Disorder. You can read more about this condition at the NIMH Anxiety page.

Question 3 C & D: These two questions screen for the presence of Depression. You can read more about this condition at the NIMH Depression page.

Questions 4 & 5: These two questions screen for the presence of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. You can read more about this condition at the NIMH PTSD page.

Question 6: Significant scores here raise the possibility of your having prolonged effects of childhood stress. This can cause other types of hidden stresses described above and can also lead to one or more of the following:

  • Low self-esteem.
  • Addictions (tobacco, alcohol, drugs, work, sex, eating, gambling, exercise, shopping).
  • Eating disorders.
  • Regularly finding yourself in relationships where you are treated disrespectfully.
  • Cutting, burning or otherwise deliberately injuring yourself.

All these hidden stress issues are described in more detail in Dr. Clarke's book.

 

Physical Symptoms

When diagnostic tests are normal, illnesses can be baffling until hidden stresses are uncovered and treated. Here is a list of symptoms that can be linked to hidden stresses in some patients:

  • Pain such as headache, back pain, chest pain, muscle or joint pain and abdominal or pelvic pain
  • Abnormal swallowing, digestion or bowel function including constipation, diarrhea, bloating, nausea and vomiting
  • Discomfort in the bladder or during urination
  • Respiratory symptoms including difficulty breathing, cough, throat and vocal changes
  • Heart palpitations
  • Pelvic and vaginal irritation, premenstrual or menstrual pain
  • Fatigue; abnormal sleeping or eating
  • Symptoms related to nerve function such as blurred vision, dizziness, ringing in the ears, itching of the skin, sweating, numbness or tingling

Remember, the same symptoms can also result from diseases that can be diagnosed through tests – visible illnesses – so it is essential to have a medical evaluation to be sure none of these diseases is present.  

 

About the Book

In They Can’t Find Anything Wrong!, Dr. Clarke shares a life-changing approach to Stress Illness that is based on detailed interviews with and successful treatment of over 7000 patients.

Like Ellen, the tens of millions of people with Stress Illness are usually unaware of the nature or degree of the stress responsible for their symptoms.  Unfortunately, few physicians are formally trained to detect and manage this problem.  Consequently, Stress Illness patients often find themselves in a medical blind spot and subjected to unnecessary tests and unsuitable treatments. 

They Can’t Find Anything Wrong! meets the needs of these patients, their physicians and the health care system as a whole.  Written in a warm, non-technical, story-telling style, this comprehensive guide is the first to provide readers with a focus on the five distinct types of stress that can cause illness directly: 

  • Persistent effects from childhood stress (over fifty percent of cases)
  • Current stress
  • Post-traumatic stress
  • Depression
  • Anxiety  

In his approach to alleviating symptoms, Dr. Clarke goes beyond the typical lifestyle/stress management guides with his perceptions about finding and removing hidden impediments to lasting and meaningful change.  Moreover, They Can’t Find Anything Wrong! also addresses longstanding problems in the health care system that let so many patients fall through the cracks between disease diagnosis and mental health treatment.

Throughout the book, Dr. Clarke uses numerous case histories of patients he has treated.  The stories in They Can’t Find Anything Wrong! are carefully selected to help readers uncover their own hidden stresses.  This is the essential first step toward understanding and alleviating stress illness symptoms.  Many of the stories are also moving and inspiring.

In Part I (Chapters 1 & 2), Dr. Clarke establishes a foundation for understanding stress illness, with suggestions for how readers can listen to their body’s messages.  Part I also reviews the connection between life experiences and symptoms and describes how patients and their doctors can work together to benefit from the book.  In Part II (Chapters 3 – 9), he explores each of the five kinds of stress (childhood stress, current stress, post-traumatic stress, depression, and anxiety), together with an examination of illness caused by more than one form of stress or in combination with visible illnesses.  He also addresses the practical steps for treatment and healing with a range of techniques, medications and other options for alleviating symptoms.  Finally, in Part III (Chapters 10 & 11), Dr. Clarke reviews ideas for helping loved ones overcome stress illness.  He concludes by laying out a model for patients, doctors, the medical community and the general public, individually and collectively, to put a stop to the epidemic.

They Can’t Find Anything Wrong! is a book that can transform lives by offering hope and guidance so that millions can live the lives they were always meant to have.


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"I chose DIRECT health assertive Christ Driven Behavior (CDB) instead of DISPLACED behavior in order to regain control over feeling helpless, powerless, trapped and lacking control. I changed my, "Thinking," and God changed my life."
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There is no reason why anyone with any hurt, habit, or hang up cannot be helped. The Person-God partnership simply needs to be more powerful than any hurt, habit or hangup.

Behind everything you do is a THOUGHT.

Every BEHAVIOR is motivated by a BELIEF.

Every ACTION is prompted by an ATTITUDE.

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With respect to behavior, life is about, emotions, beliefs, thinking and control.

"A fool vents all his feelings, But a wise man holds them back."Proverbs 29:11 (Displaced Behaviors)

"Do not be conformed by this world but instead by the renewing of your mind." Romans 12:2 (Direct Behavior)

When you think and empower yourself and surrender control to God, when you Intelligently Delegate Control to God (2 Corinthians 12:9-10),

God returns that control to you with a, “Helper," the Holy Spirit, (John 14:16) a form of Reciprocal Innervation.

You regain control: "the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.

No longer are you subject to corrupted displaced thinking but instead are transformed by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12:2).

This is where science and scripture intertwine, where Christ Driven Behavior brings, values, control, cause, character and purpose driven behavior, the fruits of the spirit Galatians 5:22-23 .

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Proverbs 29:11 "A fool vents all his feelings, But a wise man holds them back."

Romans 12:2: Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

2 Corinthians 12-9:“My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”

John 14:16: "He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—"

Philippians 2:13: "for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure."

Galatians 5:22-23 "the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Ephesians 4:22-23 "...put away the old person you used to be. Have nothing to do with your old sinful life. It was sinful because of being fooled into following bad desires. Let your minds and hearts be made new."

Life is about finding Purpose. When you have a, "Global Purpose," in life, healthy direct assertive thinking and behavior follow.

Change your thinking, change your life!

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