I see many patients who have been searching for answers for some time. These patients include Brenda, a dynamic business owner and mother of three who has had difficulty losing weight since the birth of her last child. Conventional medical doctors advised her to diet, get more exercise and sent her to a lab for a basic bloodwork panel. When she came to my office, she had been practicing this protocol for years and had made no headway, and felt frustrated and alone. Despite her best efforts, she was still gaining weight and felt exhausted each day as the sun went down. I saw her visibly relax as I listened to her experience with patience. Her lab results told her everything was fine, but she felt like she was falling apart.
Perhaps you have been through something similar. Western medicine is based on what is normal for most. This means that while one treatment may be appropriate for the majority of patients, it is likely to fail for others. If, like Brenda, you’ve held a lab requisition in hand hoping that it will reveal what is causing your discomfort, you understand how difficult it can be to get the dismissive phone call that everything looks great.
What to Do When Your Test Results Don’t Make Sense
Fortunately, with functional medicine, test results are only a small piece of the big picture. The following protocol will shed light on the rest of the pieces so that your practitioner can help you take charge of your health once again.
- Keep track of your symptoms: When you’re feeling run-down, it may be difficult to remember to record everything you’re feeling. Consider keeping a calendar with a few brief notes each day. This may help you and your doctor track any patterns that may be present.
- Have your thyroid checked: These tests are essential for ruling out whether your thyroid may be to blame.
- Spend time disconnecting: From social media, work, and the stresses in your life. Take a few minutes to center yourself and find your faith, in whatever capacity serves you.
The Root Cause of Your Health Concerns
For Brenda, healing began when we discovered she had Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, an autoimmune condition that attacks the thyroid. Once we had the answer, we went looking for the root cause of her condition, which turned out to be because of a low grade Epstein Barr Virus Infection. I was able to help her adjust her lifestyle and treat her for the infection with herbs. In a few short months, she was able to live a vibrant, energetic, and healthy life. No matter where you are in your journey, or how many doctors you’ve seen, I am honored to partner with you.
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