Functional Medicine/Malabsorption?

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Thank you for volunteering your time.  I have been having issues for a couple years now and my doctors don't know what is the cause of my symptoms.  for about 2 yrs I have been having been going back and forth between constipation and diarhea, and slight dizziness.  In the past year:  sporadic numbness and tingling in extremities, slight internal tremor (feel like I'm sitting in running car) and muscle twitching - random and sporadic.  Past two months: woke up with double vision in one eye. Workup all normal (MRI head neck back, Bloodwork: cbc, c-reactive, thyroid, vit d, magnesium, b12).  Optopetrist could find nothing wrong with my eye.  After GP ruled our MS I was convinced of B12 deficiency (b/c I found all of my symptoms listed for that) but just found out that came back normal.  What would the next steps be that a Funtional doctor would test for?  I know my docs want to give me meds to relieve some of this but I don't need relief I need to know the cause.  Some additional info: middle age, avg weight, moderate exercise, don't smoke or drink - oh and I'm not stressed :) .  I'm thinking maybe some type of other malabsorption issue . . .
I do have a blockage deep in my sinus that I'm going to see an ENT for - but I don't think it could cause any of this.   These are my main issues  . . . .thank you
(I am trying to save to go to a functional doc around here)

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I'm happy you're going to save up and go the functional route. Many times functional docs look at blood work deeper than regular MD's. As a functional med practitioner I use different lab values that show me malabsorption sooner than the clinical ranges. Clinical ranges are calculated from the lab off the average of what is run- aka sick people are typically getting blood work done so the ranged can be too wide. With alternating bowel habits, and nerve signs in the extremities I too think there is something going on in terms of malabsorption. Firstly they would look at the blood work you've had done, and see what other testing you might need, like a CMP. With altered bowel habits they can and should do a stool analysis to see if there is anything going on there, as those things are not normal in and of itself.

Most functional practitioners would attempt to regulate your digestive health first and foremost, test or investigate leaky gut syndrome and or rule out celiac disease and food sensitivities- these play a huge role in overall health.  And you're too right, meds that take away symptoms don't fix the root cause of the problems, if malabsorption is going on (I find it very common in my patients) if it is not addressed it will cause bigger problems down the road.


If there is anything else I can do for you, please let me know. My sister in law lives in Marion Ohio and does the functional med stuff, and to my knowledge doesn't charge an arm and a leg. She, like me, is a chiropractor who has done continuing education in functional medicine and is big on healing the gut and getting to the root cause.

I am going to include her website so that you can check them out, and see if she could even find you someone closer. Her name is Dr. Coleen Denton: http://www.drdenton.com/index.html

Dr. Kalli Prater, D.C.
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I am capable of answering a wide variety of questions including: what lab tests are best for what conditions/symptoms, what the difference between functional lab values and clinical lab values means, what functional lab values are for a variety of tests, why functional medicine can give you the best results by looking for the underlying cause of the problem.

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I am a Chiropractic Physician who specializes in Internal Medicine. I utilize a combination of traditional lab testing in combination with the patient's personal health history to determine the root cause of their problems. Based on the individuals history and health concerns paired with their specific dietary and nutritional needs we come up with the best treatment plan for them, even if that does not include chiropractic care. I have helped many women with hypothyroidism, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia,and even those with Lupus and MS through diet/lifestyle modification and minor supplementation.

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American Chiropractic Association

Education/Credentials
I am a Chiropractic Physician with a Sports Medicine background. I have almost 300 hours post graduate work to become a Chiropractic Internal Medicine Specialist where the focus is on lab testing, functional interpretation of data, and healing through natural means.

Awards and Honors
Recognized as a leader in the Chiropractic Profession by the International Association of Health Care Providers in 2014

Past/Present Clients
Most of my patients suffer from chronic illness related to autoimmune disease, allergies, hypothyroidism or a combination of all of the above. Most of my patients see positive results through diet and lifestyle modification within the first 2 months of treatment, many have also resolved in the same amount of time. I believe what sets me apart from other health care providers is that I take the time with my patients to go through everything and listen to them fully.

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