A new study published in the Journal of Pain states that if you connect well with your doctor, it is more likely that your pain will decrease. The authors of the study paired participants with doctors that shared similar core beliefs and values.
With these pairs, they performed a “pain-induction procedure” which simulated a painful medical procedure such as a shot. The patients that felt connected to their doctors reported that they felt less pain than with other doctors with which they didn’t have a connection. It was noted that those with higher anxiety levels also had greater reductions in pain.
These are important findings.
On a personal level, I have a doctor that I trust completely and feel comfortable as her patient. We connect not just on our similar core beliefs and values, but also religion. She has Fibromyalgia as well. We have since become close friends. A friendship probably isn’t as likely to develop for most patients; however, knowing that we share beliefs on ideas that are important to me help me relax during appointments and have less anxiety knowing that she knows what I am going through.
Finding the right doctor is hard. I went through many before I was introduced to this one. If you have friends or family members that are struggling with the same health issues that you are, and have similar core beliefs and values, they would be a great place to start. As a Certified Fibromyalgia Advisor, I am grateful to be connected to a network of coaches and advisors as well as some medical professionals so that I can help clients find the right doctor that works for them. If you are interested in getting some help finding the “perfect” doctor for you, you can send me a message on this website or reach me here. I’m looking forward to hearing from you! =)
I’m Kate Straus and I’m a Certified Fibromyalgia Advisor. I help Jewish women feel confident in their ability to practice their faith while navigating the ups and downs of fibromyalgia. I’m using the disease that at one time knocked me down, to help support others live life to their fullest.