So Conventional medicine is probably what we are most familiar with because we have been going to these type of doctors since we were young. Conventional medical doctors are trained to determine what disease you have, give you a diagnosis and treat your symptoms with either a pill or surgery. Conventional doctors are not trained to figure out the cause of your symptoms. They are paid to diagnose diseases.
My understanding of Functional medicine is that the doctor is looking to determine the underlying cause of your symptoms. These doctors will do thorough digging into your history and lifestyle and try to determine if something is causing your symptoms. Doesn’t that make sense? They can give you a diagnosis but also tell you why you have a particular disease. They may incorporate conventional medicine and alternative medicine in their treatment plan. Alternative medicine may incorporate herbs, homeopathic, nutritional supplements and more. They want to determine if you body is working properly and fix it is it’s not.
You may also see Integrative medical practitioners. They are medical professionals that integrate alternative treatments in their practice. So you might see a Neurologist that uses Chinese Herbs or does acupuncture.
I feel that medical professionals are failing patients. It’s maddening to me that I went to “Top” Headache Specialists in the San Francisco Bay Area for 18 years and not one had any other options but pills or injections.
Here is how migraine patients are treated: Generally, you wait several months for an appointment and when you finally get in you are with the doctor for 10 minutes. And you most likely had to drive a long distance to see them. You feel pressured to remember everything you wanted to ask before they start to get up and leave the room. You are usually given numerous prescriptions to try and told to come back in 3 months.
NOT ONE of my doctors thought to test for possible allergies, food sensitivities, hormonal imbalances, nutritional deficiencies, environmental toxins or anything else that would be causing a migraine. I was always told that they don’t know why I had a migraine every day.
Here is how Lyme patients are treated: You start with your primary doctor who does blood tests and then gives you some general meds to relieve the symptoms. Then after months of that you move on to a specialist or 2 or 3 or 4 or 5… The specialists give you a diagnosis in their field of expertise and sends you away with more meds. Then when your symptoms don’t go away they send you to a psychiatrist because they think it’s all in your head.
Somewhere at some point the medical profession lost site of their goal of helping patients.