Why Great Lab Results Don't Always = Feeling Great
If your lab test results are great but you’re still experiencing low energy, anxiety, insomnia, and/or weight gain the answers might be hiding in your long-term health history.
Lab tests are helpful because they can help you avoid disease and give you insight as to why you aren’t feeling great. Heck, they can save your life.
But they are limited by the markers that you or your doctor choose to evaluate.
You see, the cause of your symptoms won’t necessarily be captured in a lab test report.
When physicians go chasing lab test numbers instead of how the patient feels it doesn’t always go well.
This is why so many patients come to me with perfect hormone lab tests but they’re frustrated because they still feel lousy.
Here’s a really common scenario.
The patient found out their thyroid hormones needed help via a lab test and they got the medication to improve it. That is an important step in the right direction for sure.
But why are they still feeling bad with low energy, weight gain, difficulty sleeping, and/or increased anxiety?
Well, in these cases it isn’t necessarily the thyroid dysfunction that was causing the symptoms.
To get to the bottom of this I do a review of all your recurring health issues (regardless of how insignificant) since you were a small child.
There are many common conditions that start in early childhood or early adulthood and progress as you age. The symptoms may not be getting worse but the underlying condition might present as an entirely different illness instead.
More often than not there is a clear relationship between different historical symptoms and disorders. This tells the story of your tendency toward certain types of imbalances that are underlying your current symptoms.
Funny thing… when we address those underlying imbalances with the right therapies people suddenly feel better!
So how did the aforementioned patient with the perfect hormone lab results get to where she was?
Let’s say this same patient shared with me that they’ve had airborne allergies since they were a toddler, caught lots of colds, and had some sinus infections too. Then they started having a lot of bloating and food sensitivities as they became an adult.
This scenario actually paints a very clear picture that the patient has a long-term history of a dysfunctional, hypersensitive immune system.
When a patient like this get’s lifestyle guidance and therapies that address the historical immune dysfunction they feel better. And it happens fast. We’re talking weeks not months.
Those symptoms of low energy, weight gain, anxiety, etc. that are often associated with hormonal imbalance are also associated with chronic inflammatory response / immune dysfunction.
And often it’s the simplest adjustments to your daily habits that can make you feel a lot better.
Most patients with this type of scenario simply need to make some minor but precise changes to what and when they eat, modify their sleep habits, and integrate some very effective relaxation techniques into their daily routines.
Yes, acupuncture and a few supplements are key tools but really they just make the positive changes happen faster and further reduce symptoms.
As always, I’m truly grateful to you for letting me help. I’m always here for you and your loved ones.
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