METABOLIC WORK UP TREATMENT
Benefits of a Metabolic Work Up
A comprehensive and integrative assessment of the whole body is required in most chronic human conditions such as depression, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, anxiety, forgetfulness, chronic pain and other chronic conditions. One of the areas of clinical assessment (metabolic work up) should be total mind-body assessment, as various metabolic pathways get disrupted in the chronicity of any human condition, but particularly in the few mentioned above.
In my experience, having a metabolic work up, along with treatment has led to safe, effective and more satisfying wellness and health in my patients. The assessment and specific treatment are particularly helpful in the chronic and treatment-resistant cases that are referred to me. My colleagues in chronic pain, rheumatology, obstetrics & gynecology, neurology, mental health counseling, and primary care are my referral source.
The main complaints from my patients include fatigue, mental fog, lack of motivation, aches and pains, insomnia, and loss of function. These patients often have a (2 – 25 year old) history of intermittent or continuous pattern of these symptoms. Usually the patients have been seen by multiple specialists, have had screening laboratory workups, and have tried several procedural and medicinal treatments for their symptoms over a long period of time.
In the last few years, I have added metabolic work up tests such as minerals, vitamins and related hormonal tests. Most of the tests are performed to assess general metabolic status. Others are specific as per the activity of the co-existing medical conditions, such as ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic pain, birth control pills, or antiepileptic treatment.
The laboratory findings help identify or confirm some of the specific causes for depression, anxiety, fatigue, aches, pains, forgetfulness, and general sense of ill health. The information obtained from the laboratory work helps in customization of the hormonal, vitamin, mineral and other therapeutics.
The explanation for the effectiveness of this approach comes from the fact that metabolism is affected in all body systems at the cellular and intracellular level. The intracellular functioning in the nucleus and mitochondria of a cell is regulated by some of these vitamins, minerals and hormones. Hence, this approach aims to restore cellular functioning in all the body’s tissues and organs. The benefit is experienced gradually in the entire body, which helps to reduce symptoms in the multi-system involvement in chronic diseases. Some benefits are seen in days and others are seen over a few weeks.
The specific treatment for the clinical diagnosis, such as Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) or antidepressant treatment for depression, may have to be started simultaneously for quicker or more specific relief of symptoms.
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