Years of suffering with pain, fatigue, inflammation, mood shifting, hormone imbalances, migraines, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue CURED IN WEEKS! Don’t believe the hype.
If you are brave enough to face the dancing fire of chronic illness with a Functional Medicine Practitioner and get to the root of the problem, the cause of the cause, the “why” behind it all, please don’t have false expectations. The symptoms that eventually became your “disease and diagnosis” were brewing for years before they even showed up on your radar as a minor ache or pain.
I took my first Functional Medicine course in the year 2000. Learning to dig deep enough and understand the many faces of chronic disease took years of practice, consistent research, personal experience and lots of patients, lots of patience too. Sitting comfortably, humbly and confidently in the room with patients suffering from Lupus, M.S., R.A., A.L.S., Sarcoidosis, Fibromyalgia, Cancer, Chronic Lyme Disease and Mold Illness did not happen in my first decade of practice. These progressive disorders always come with challenges.
There is a way to get to the bottom of this maze of chronicity but it is not an overnight cure. There is hope for a life without suffering, a chance to start again, live again, breathe again and break free from the dark. But please, do not be fooled by the hype of the quick fix.
There is a systematic approach to managing any chronic, hard to diagnose disease. First you have to find a practitioner who has the experience and capability to dig deep enough. You are not looking for someone to give you a “name” for your disorder. You are looking for someone to identify what might have started the problems, why it progressed into a disorder and how to start peeling the layers toward a healthier life.
There are usually multiple layers of compromised systems that need to be peeled in a well-orchestrated systematic fashion. Changes in direction and protocol shifts can be common and expected. Peeling Layers is a breathing, living, constantly changing interaction between a patient and practitioner.
When choosing a doctor to work with you, be organized and focused. Prepare a thorough list of questions to ask and have expectations for the answers that they might provide. Be well researched with what you think the root of your problem might be and be open minded to the possibility of other suggestions. Ask yourself, am I comfortable working with this individual on my team? If they make unrealistic promises or grandiose claims, ask for money up front for services not yet provided or do not take the time to answer your questions thoroughly, proceed with caution. If it doesn’t “feel right” to you, it probably is not the right fit.
Just remember, the only way to truly fail is to quit. Keep looking for answers, they are out there.