Have you visited the doctors with a vast array of symptoms, but still no diagnosis? Read below how Functional Medicine can help you.
Have you visited your GP with an array of symptoms, had tests and tried various drugs and remedies only to be told there is nothing wrong with you? For some, this frustrating process can continue for years.
Because many people have a huge array of symptoms bothering them, we call this issue complex undiagnosed symptoms.
Functional medicine believes if you have symptoms of ill health, even if a specific disease can’t be identified, it cannot be possible there is nothing wrong with you. Imbalances must be occurring somewhere in your body to produce the symptoms you are experiencing.
Of course it makes sense to rule out identifiable medical complaints, but if you’re troubled by ongoing symptoms which can’t be explained medically, it’s distressing to continually be told your symptoms have no identifiable cause.
Although it’s impossible to list all symptoms you might experience, commonly they include:
Symptoms may come and go and frequently appear in combination with another meaning they don’t fit into a conventional framework of what should occur in a specific disease state.
The NHS estimates symptoms unable to be explained away by a medical diagnosis account for up to 45% of all GP appointments and around half of all initial visits to clinics in the UK. This represents a staggering amount of people living their life troubled by symptoms with seemingly no cause.
Functional medicine recognises you are a unique person, with your own biochemistry, genetics, life experiences and stress levels. Your health history and nutrition will be completely different from the next person’s. This is why it can be impossible to put people into boxes corresponding to diseases. Functional medicine believes ill-health has its origins in imbalances in organs and systems, and these imbalances can be traced all the way back to your individual cells.
Being told no cause could be found for your symptoms can be very frustrating. It can also make your symptoms worse because your body and your mind don’t exist inside your skin as disconnected entities – they both affect each other. This isn’t to say your symptoms are all in your mind but it recognises your body and mind are closely linked. This is the case for all your organs as they act as interconnected parts of a whole.
The emphasis of functional medicine is to discover the cause of your symptoms rather than label you as having a disease. Using a great deal of detective work I will dig deep into your health history, nutritional status and lifestyle to discover what has brought you to your current position, and I will listen to your concerns and your health goals.
Functional tests can examine the biochemistry of your body to see how your immune system, digestive system, hormonal system and your cardiovascular system are working and how imbalances in one may be causing problems and symptoms in another. This will enable me to join up the dots to discover what is causing your unexplained symptoms.
Because of this, functional medicine sees many people with stubborn, complex undiagnosed symptoms finding the results they are looking for. The investigation will focus on you, and solutions will be tailored to you.
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