The Doctor, by Sir Luke Fildes (1891)

The Doctor, by Sir Luke Fildes (1891) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

FINDING THE CORRECT DOCTOR FOR YOUR SYMPTOMS

If you are experiencing an uncomfortable symptom or condition, the first step necessary to determine if there is a medical cause is to locate a medical doctor who is skilled at diagnosing and treating the cause of your exact symptom or condition.

WHY IT IS SOMETIMES DIFFICULT

The basic treatment philosophy that has been taught in medical schools for many years is based on the use of pharmaceutical drugs to treat a person (the allopathic or drug model).  While this approach can be valid for many medical problems, many times the drugs do not treat the underlying cause of a symptom or condition. They simply seek to ease the symptom or condition so that it is no longer felt as strongly by the patient.

YOUR DNA FOR ACCURATE DIAGNOSIS

The ability to use a person’s actual DNA to enable a more accurate diagnosis and treatment of medical problems is developing rapidly and the cost is becoming more and more reasonable.  However, it is still not a tool that is ready for office use.  But  there are tests that, if correctly analyzed, will diagnose and reveal the actual cause of unwanted symptoms or conditions.

DIAGNOSE THE SYMPTOM OR THE CAUSE

If someone is suffering from increased anxiety, the cause may be a thyroid problem, an adrenal problem or an imbalance of hormones  like testosterone, progesterone or estrogen. Also it may be a deficiency of vitamins and minerals or even dehydration.
Many people who see a medical doctor because of anxiety will be prescribed an antidepressant.  Because of the way that the antidepressant works, it may block or mask the feelings of anxiety so that the person feels less anxious–at least for a time.

However, even If you block the symptom, the actual cause of the anxiety will not be treated and the anxiety will become more intense.  The dosage of the antidepressant will be increased and this may work for a while, but almost always the anxiety returns.

DRUG SIDE EFFECTS

If the drug is given to treat a symptom and not the actual cause, it will likely cause various side effects.  One of the side effects of antidepressants is nausea
If you contact your doctor and say that you now have nausea, an allopathic doctor (one who believes that most treatment is done with drugs) will normally prescribe a second drug to “treat” the nausea.

The second drug often causes other side effects which are then treated with another drug.  This cycle will continue until a person may be on a number of drugs that do nothing to address the thyroid problem that created the initial feelings of anxiety.

THE WAY TO SELECT YOUR DOCTOR

Determining the actual cause requires not only ordering the right blood tests but also correctly interpreting the tests.  Many medical doctors are not highly trained in the most current use of these tests.

For example, one of the most common tests done to check for a thyroid problem is called the TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone test).  Many labs print out the results of your tests along with what they consider to be the “normal” range for the readings. Most of these labs say that if a TSH of between .5 and 5.0, it is normal and does not indicate any problems with the thyroid.

However, many endocrinologists (medical doctors who are specialists in diagnosing and treating endocrine problems) now believe that the proper TSH range is between .3 and 2.5.  If the TSH results are lower than .3 or higher than 2.5, this is not necessarily an indicator of thyroid problems, but it is a sign that additional tests
should be done.

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR DOCTOR’S OFFICE

You can learn a lot about doctors by looking on the internet.  Many of their websites contain data about the philosophy of the doctor and their approach toward the treatment of their patients.

If the doctor does not have a website or it is not clear what the doctor believes is appropriate treatment when you call the doctor’s office, ask the office staff to speak to a nurse.

When the nurse comes on the phone, explain that you have been experiencing some unpleasant symptoms and describe them.  Ask the nurse what type of tests the doctor normally orders for the symptoms you are experiencing.  If they mention the TSH test for thyroid, ask what the doctor believes is an acceptable range.

If the doctor uses the values from the lab, then the doctor is probably not a specialist and you should look for someone else.

Another question to ask the nurse is how many people with similar symptoms to yours are given antidepressant drugs to address the problem?  If most of the doctor’s patients are put on antidepressant or other drugs for “anxiety” or “depression,” then you can ask what blood tests are done before the drugs are prescribed.
In some offices, they do few blood tests, if any, before prescribing a drug.  This is generally an indication that the doctor may not be really seeking the cause but simply treating the symptom.

If the doctor specializes in looking for the cause of symptoms like yours, the nurse will likely be proud of this and will tell you why it is important to find the cause of a symptom.

NOTE:

A LIST OF RECOMMENDED DOCTORS IN YOUR AREA WILL BE ADDED SOON.