7: Reducing Stress, Chronic Pain, & Talking to Doctors

Stress Reduction - Dealing with Chronic Pain- Talking to Doctors

In this episode, I talk to Dr. Kevin Cuccaro of StraightShotHealth.com. I met him a few months ago at a conference and was impressed with his research on stress and dealing with chronic pain.

Many people struggle with chronic pain and Kevin has some valuable strategies for helping recover from it. Kevin is a doctor who left his private practice to pursue patient education and to help address some of the (major) problems in the health care system.

As a doctor, he also provides some valuable insight in how to understand and talk to your doctor so that you can get real answers.

In This Episode, We Discus

3:20 – Why as a doctor, he doesn’t want to see his patients all the time
4:30 – The frustration that doctors face
5:20 – Why stress can be good and why we need it
5:45 – The physiological effects of too much stress
6:30 – How stress impacts fertility and memory
6:55 – The continued effects of stress on the body
7:50 – How to become more resilient to stress and how stress is like a light switch
8:28 – How to turn stress on and off
9:02 – Tips to Practically reduce stress (Book: The Relaxation Revolution)
9:45 – What is the relaxation response
10:20 – How to activate your relaxation response to deal with stress
12:45 – What happens when your body doesn’t recognize stress
16:15 – What causes chronic pain
17:10 – Pain is all in the brain
17:45 – The biology of pain vs. the mental side of pain
20:00 – The core four for reducing stress and pain: Movement, Eating Right, Mindset, Avoiding Problems
24:00 – Understanding the mindset of doctors
28:00 – The frustration of the current medical system
32:00 – The shocking statistic on how a small percentage of the population is using 95% of healthcare resources
35:00 – The seven questions you should know the answers to before you see your doctor
38:00 – Health advice Kevin wishes he had gotten earlier in life
41:15 – Kevin’s recommended books and resources (and see below)

Resources We Mention

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Reader Comments

  1. So glad you are doing podcasts now, Katie! And this was a great one; I took notes about the 4 most important ways to address chronic pain and the 7 points to go over with a doctor. I will pass this along to my sister who is experiencing chronic back pain. I appreciated the resource list, and you may want to add his highly recommended book by Dr. Carol Dweck called MINDSET. Thank you, as always, for such great information.

  2. Oh my goodness, Katie! I’ve been out of the loop for a few (weeks, I guess ?) and somehow I missed that you’re hosting a podcast! Congratulations. I’ll add it to my list of “regulars.” Have fun with it!

  3. Going through and listening to all your previous podcasts in order. Really liked this one. Dr. Kevin is a great communicator and I learned a lot of good information from this podcast.

  4. It takes a lot of courage to go against the establishment. There should be more Dr Cuccaro’s out there. Unfortunately in Australia the system is exactly the same. Primary care centre’s are being run by businesses like a business. Very informative podcast, Cuccaro is very easy to listen to, crisp and clear.

  5. Music is an amazing technique to relieve stress. When I feel stressed, I play my favorite track.

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