The conventional approach to providing medical treatment for chronic conditions goes as follows…provide medication to relieve the symptom, or provide different medications to treat multiple symptoms, keep doing this…forever. Or keep doing this until the medication fails to continue to provide relief for the symptom, and then try a different medication. Or keep doing this until it becomes apparent that the medication has some unwanted side effect. You get the picture.
But the picture you need to get is a different one. This conventional treatment and on going acceptance of chronic conditions and the suffering that goes with them has unfortunately become the norm, a blinkered picture. I am encouraging you to consider that such a picture may be very wrong, and that a new wider view opens up something that’s very right and real.
This different picture is not even some “out there” radical proposition. Consider this…instead of treating these symptoms why not do a bit of detective work to unearth the actual causes, the dysfunction that is triggering the symptoms, address those causes, return to healthy function, then the symptoms will vanish, right?
Now while that statement is very simplistic its message is to urge sufferers – YOU NEED TO GET INTO THE ROOT CAUSES AND ADDRESS THEM.
Again, keeping it simple to get the point across…take a patient with chronic fatigue syndrome or fibromyalgia. Experiencing symptoms such as pain, physical and mental exhaustion, insomnia, irritable bowel, brain fog and depression, conventional healthcare provides medications such as painkillers, sleeping pills and antidepressants to enable the sufferer to live with it.
The functional medicine doctor will consider the issues of dysfunction typical to the condition and symptoms and carry out in depth testing such as profiles of blood, urine, stool, saliva and thyroid, and intestinal barrier function testing. This builds a picture of imbalance and dysfunction issues relating to bacteria, yeasts, parasites, toxins, hormones, adrenals, food sensitivities, neurotransmitters, fatty acids, nutritional deficiencies and the immune system. Therefore bringing to light the most appropriate corrective actions for the individual’s treatment, be that medication, lifestyle, environmental, dietary or supplemental issues.
So…go through this process with a functional medicine doctor to figure out the underlying issues, it’s a clear and obvious choice when considering the hardship of suffering with chronic illness.