They came seemingly out of nowhere. And suddenly, they were all the rage, especially among patients, who wanted to be sure I had watched and listened to every last one of them. These summits are a double-edged sword – they could be a potential godsend, or a potential serious obstacle. They can make or break the doctor-patient partnership, and/or a patient’s health.
At least, not in our office. On its face, a question may appear to be a simple one. The patient asking the question might think it’s simple. But it’s probably not.
To be clear, the type of question I’m referring to are those that start with phrases such as “should I (do this or that)?”. Or, “what type of (supplement, massage, exercise, food, etc) should I choose?”
You’ve heard the scenario. Or maybe you’ve lived it.
“…and they ran all these tests on me…”
Or some variation on that theme. A reference to “all that lab testing”, a “whole bunch of lab tests”, or something similar.
What the general public generally doesn’t understand is that so many symptoms overlap. A single symptom could be a manifestation of a whole cluster of health conditions.
We hear this all the time. In fact, it’s probably one of the most common objections/comments we hear (second to “you saved my life”, of course) (True story, actually.)
If you’re a non-insurance doctor yourself, you’re probably tired of hearing it. If you’re a patient who has sought Functional Medicine care, you’ve probably said it.
I wouldn’t blame either one of you.