What is Functional Illness?
Many people don't feel good, but don't really know why. They complain of unexplained symptoms such as chronic fatigue, over-weight, depression, food cravings, head aches, muscle and joint pain, arthritis, intractable back pain, heartburn, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, mood swings, rashes, itching, allergies, ...the list goes on. Standard medical tests show little or nothing. Many of my patients have reported over the years that their MD's either ignore these symptoms or give vague explanations such as:
What this really means: nobody knows how to determine the cause for all these symptoms.
As the name implies, Functional Illness comprises symptoms caused by the abnormal function the body. An organ or groups of organs have begun to malfunction. The real problem arises when this abnormal function is ignored and/or remains undetected for prolonged periods of time. This may then lead to a state of actual disease. Disease implies pathological changes that can be evaluated by standard medical tests.
Here are some factors that may contribute to Functional Illness:
The only questions to ask with any presenting health problem:
These are of course the most difficult questions to answer.
We live in
a symptom oriented society. Nobody wants headaches, pain, heartburn,
high blood pressure, etc. It appears much easier to try and cover up symptoms
with the available pharmaceutical drugs:
So we take these drugs. They appear to do the job, initially. Then we need to take them more often, for longer periods of time. We notice side effects. We develop new health problems. We need new medications for these problems. The vicious cycle continues.
are useful. They indicate that something is wrong. They should be
taken seriously. Simply covering them up with medication is not useful.
Imagine yourself driving your car. The oil warning lamp (symptom) comes on.
Typically, the earlier you address the underlying malfunction the less extensive the damage and the less costly the repairs.
The same applies to our health. It is vital to pay attention to the symptoms of Functional Illness. We do not feel well, but we do not really know why. Often typical medical tests do not show anything. We may be tempted to simply ignore these symptoms or cover them up with medication.
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