Living with a chronic illness can be incredibly challenging, especially when you're unsure of what you're dealing with. We have had the privilege of working with numerous clients who have invested significant time, energy, and finances in their search for a diagnosis.
Muriel also understands this firsthand because she was once in their shoes.
Receiving a diagnosis brings validation that something is genuinely wrong, affirming that your symptoms are not imagined. After months or even years of searching for answers, getting that diagnosis can feel like a monumental achievement. But what comes next?
Unfortunately, walking out of a doctor's office with a sense of empowerment and positivity about your diagnosis is rare. Conventional medicine often falls short in providing effective solutions for chronic diseases, offering medications to suppress symptoms as the disease progresses or waiting until the condition worsens before initiating treatment.
However, a diagnosis doesn't reveal the underlying causes of your illness or explain why you're unwell.
Let's consider two individuals with rheumatoid arthritis who share the same diagnosis. While a rheumatologist may treat them similarly, a functional medicine perspective recognizes that their treatment protocols would likely differ significantly:
👉 One person may benefit from removing inflammatory foods from their diet and prioritizing consistent sleep.
👉 The other may need to address a chronic infection and incorporate more movement into their daily routine.
In functional medicine, we don't have a one-size-fits-all protocol for each specific diagnosis like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, or Hashimoto's. We approach each individual's health picture holistically and tailor the treatment accordingly.
Over the years, Muriel has received multiple diagnosis, including PCOS, PMDD, fibromyalgia, endometriosis, IBS, rosacea, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, androgenetic alopecia, suspected lupus, and more. However, these diagnoses did little to improve her well-being or provide a sense of control over her body and health. It was only when she delved into understanding how the human body works that she was able to transform herhealth.
So, whether you have a diagnosis or not, don't let it be the end of your health journey. Seek support from professionals who truly understand your unique health picture and can provide personalized guidance.
Together, we can navigate your path to wellness, focusing on the underlying factors contributing to your symptoms and empowering you to take control of your health.
Remember, your journey is ongoing, and with the right support, understanding, and tailored interventions, you can achieve optimal well-being and regain control of your body and health.