... at a loss to help me, so she is sending me to this other dr. Anyone familiar with this?
I had never heard of it, so I did a quick web search (as I was interested) and I found this introduction.
'Functional medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. It is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century. By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, functional medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. Functional medicine practitioners spend time with their patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease. In this way, functional medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual.'
I hope this helps and good luck
I found this interesting and you can find a lot of info on www.functionalmedicine.org It looks like they look at the underlying cause rather than just treating symptoms so they look at diet and exercise to treat. Hallmarks of a functional medicine approach include:
• Patient-centered care. The focus of functional medicine is on patient-centered care, promoting
health as a positive vitality, beyond just the absence of disease.
• An integrative, science-based healthcare approach. Functional medicine practitioners look
“upstream” to consider the complex web of interactions in the patient’s history, physiology, and
lifestyle that can lead to illness. The unique genetic makeup of each patient is considered, along with
both internal (mind, body and spirit) and external (physical and social environment) factors that affect
• Integrating best medical practices. Functional medicine integrates traditional Western medical
practices with what are sometimes considered “alternative” or “integrative” medicine, creating a focus
on prevention through nutrition, diet, and exercise; use of the latest laboratory testing and other
diagnostic techniques; and prescribed combinations of drugs and/or botanical medicines,
supplements, therapeutic diets, detoxification programs, or stress-management techniques.
Keep us posted on how it works! Is your insurance covering this or are you paying out of pocket?
Thanks for all of your comments. This dr. I'm going to has her doctorate in chiro, but she doesn't do any chiro-type stuff. I had to fill out a shitload of paperwork and turn it them in last week. They do not take insurance; I'm on medicare so I'm paying a lot of $ for this. I've been so sick for so long and spent at least a few grand during the past three years trying to get better, so I figure that I've got to, at least, give this a shot. The first appointment lasts 3 hours and costs $480. I'll keep y'all posted.
Thank you 505eva for introducing this concept to me and DzooBaby for your research. I love this idea because I think it's all fine and well to treat medical issues when they arise, but I for one always want to know how it happened in the first place and I get tired of hearing "These things just happen sometimes" or "when you get older... " Let us know how it works out, best of health to you
It sounds like mostly your Dr. is doing alternative therapy techniques. Dr's trained in Chiropractic cannot prescribe medicine, although somewhat medically trained. A lot of them accept insurance, and there are medical Dr's who practice alternative medicine. I'm just saying be wary as it's seems extremely expensive. There are also master herbalists with doctorates who might be better qualified in herbal therapy. Im a master herbalist and I'd hate for you to have a bad experience with someone out of their field.
I hope everything goes well and you get to feeling better! Keep us posted!
I agree with Jamie222411 Dr's trained in Chiropractic cannot prescribe medicine. Further this is at odds with what I read about Functional medicine. I know that when you are unwell you will try almost anything (I have Fibromyalgia and Chronic myofascial pain), so I do have some understanding of with your situation. I think that you should contact the center where you are supposed to have this treatment and find out more information. Remember it is your money that you are spending so you have the right to know what treatment you will be receiving and the qualifications of those involved in this treatment.
FM is not an easy condition to treat and there is no cure. May be you would be better off going to a Rheumatologist who specialise in FM.
Keep us posted and good luck
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