Exploring “Functional Medicine”

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Carrie was having terrible PMS. She had just yelled at her kids, and she had picked a fight with her husband. She couldn’t believe how angry she felt, raging. And she wanted to cry. She had a headache, and last night she couldn’t sleep. The last few months it had gotten worse, lasting 4 or 5 days until she finally had great relief when her period started. There had to be something wrong with her.

She and her husband had been working on their marital issues, but she just blew it when she screamed at him a couple hours ago. It had been some little annoying thing he had done. Normally it wouldn’t have irritated her, but today she boiled over.

Her previous doctor had wanted her to start birth control pills, but she had her tubes tied and didn’t need birth control. She didn’t want all those hormones if she didn’t need them. Her doctor had mentioned Prozac, but she had heard some people had problems with that. She needed to do something to get herself under control, though.

Carrie called her doctor’s office this morning, making an appointment the same day to discuss her issues. Dr. Herrington had shared some information about the natural process of the menstrual cycle, and that hormone imbalances could cause these mood issues. Dr. H explained that before she started exploring the “functional medicine” aspect of finding the underlying causes of medical issues, she would have prescribed things like antidepressants. But she had learned about natural ways to balance hormones through supplements and bio-identical hormones. She ordered some tests and sent Carrie some good information. Yes, this should work. She was glad she had become a patient of Pine Creek Family Medicine DPC (Direct Primary Care) practice.

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