Just had to share an experience I had with my last patient. A 20 year old college student who came to see me in October 2013 with a complain of sudden onset of severe headaches and GI pain with nausea, vomitting x 3 months. She got new glasses thinking it would help her headaches. It did not. Saw the MD at school and all labs were WNL as well as diabetes labs. Her mother is a patient of mine and sent her to me to evaluate.
She was not gluten free, ate fast foods and pasta. Basically, a typical college diet. Had not been able to determine if her headaches/n/v were food related or not. Didn't think they were. Struggling with fatigue as well.
I immediately took her off of all gluten, dairy, soy, corn, yeast, eggs, peanuts, The Virgin Diet. Drew labs and Immuno Labs food sensitivity testing checking IgG antibodies to 96 foods.
At her 6 week f/u in December she had only had 2 headaches since our last visit. Her Vit. D level was very low normal at 36, Ferritin was 9 and low. We continued on the VD until her IgG testing was back.
F/U today: She only had 9 foods on her list (a very low number) but 4 of the top 7 inflammatory foods were on her list. Cow's Milk/Cheese, Bakers/Brewer's Yeast/Oats/Eggs/WHEAT/Bananas/Alfalfa! Since picking up her results, she has not had ONE headache or stomach ache!! PRAISE GOD and the ability to test patients for food sensitivities!
She is a different 20 year old than when I first met her! Working on raising Vit. D and ferritin as well.
THIS IS WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO HERE! Inflammation is the root of these illnesses...and until mainstream medicine figures this out....kids like her are going to be shuffled from doctor to doctor trying to figure out the "why"!
It is not ALWAYS this simple, don't get me wrong! But, this is a classic case of education is power! And she listened, took charge and made huge lifestyle changes in order to heal her body!!
Educate, Empower, Encourage.....it's what we are to do as providers! And if yours is NOT doing that....then find one that will!