Don’t Ignore Those Lingering Symptoms, Get Answers for Your Undiagnosed Health Issues With Specialized Testing
If you know something is wrong with your health, don’t ignore it. Undiagnosed health issues can only lead to stress and worsening health. Get answers and solutions with specialized testing.
Struggling with Undiagnosed Health Issues
Getting a diagnosis with conventional medicine can be frustrating when a doctor only focuses on isolated symptoms to meet the criteria of a diagnosis. In your case, there could be additional factors contributing to your undiagnosed health issues, and they shouldn’t be ignored. However, specialized testing with a functional medicine approach looks at your overall health instead of focusing on only certain symptoms. Here’s how specialized testing can help you get answers for your undiagnosed health issues.
More than Your Symptoms
In conventional medicine, most doctors only have 15 minutes to find and diagnose a patient’s problem. Within this time constraint, they might overlook or ignore minor symptoms in favor of the most pressing issue. In this symptoms-first approach, they form their diagnosis with criteria based on isolated symptoms and basic blood work. This approach is a problem as the patient’s experience becomes reduced to averages. It’s the reason why you might struggle with undiagnosed health issues. In conventional medicine, you may not “fit the criteria” of your health issue.
Blood Work is Not a Diagnosis
Health issues don’t present themselves in the same way for every person. One person’s thyroid issues might be different from another person’s thyroid issues. Or someone’s healthy blood sugar levels may look different from another person’s healthy blood sugar levels. No one is an average, which is why every patient should be examined based on their individual needs and experiences. Instead of looking at specific symptoms of a “criteria,” functional medicine uses specialized testing to test all areas. Your doctor can then use the results to create a complete overview of your health and find the root of the problem.
How Specialized Testing Helps
Functional medicine treats health as a spectrum. While your symptoms are mild, you want to catch and address them before it becomes a disease. Specialized testing finds early signs of undiagnosed health issues by showing your doctor where you have imbalances in your blood work. These imbalances might be more subtle changes that wouldn’t be considered a “diagnosis” in the conventional approach, but that doesn’t mean they should be ignored. To find the cause of your undiagnosed health issues, you must take into account all possible factors that contribute to it. By addressing the imbalances, you can not only find the root of your undiagnosed health issues, but you can also help you improve your overall health.
For example, when someone might have a thyroid issue, a traditional doctor will only focus on hormone levels. In addition to hormone levels, functional medicine uses specialized testing to examine nutritional deficiency, gut health, genetic markers, and more. Instead of prescribing a prescription to mask or treat the symptoms, functional medicine corrects the imbalances through lifestyle changes.
Underlying Causes for Undiagnosed Health Issues
Specialized testing covers all biomarkers to provide a comprehensive overview of your health. In functional medicine, we use biomarkers as a benchmark to monitor how your health changes so we can catch potential issues while they’re mild. Here’s what you and your doctor should watch out for:
These are all factors that could be contributing to your undiagnosed health issues, and if they are overlooked, it could be making your symptoms worse. A functional medicine approach uses your results from specialized testing to create a personalized plan for treating your imbalances. This approach could include adjusting your diet, avoiding toxic chemicals in your environment, incorporating exercise, and more, depending on your lifestyle.
Healthy Now and in the Future
At Robinson M.D., we are dedicated to providing each patient with treatment tailored to their specific health needs. It’s why we advocate for specialized testing. We believe it’s important to have a comprehensive overview of your health so we can focus on achieving optimal levels, not average levels. At Robinson M.D., we want to ensure you’re not just healthy now, but healthy in the future too.
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