The majority of my patients experience unexplained illnesses or are women with hormone problems.
Most people who consult me will have been carefully checked out symptom wise by other doctors and reassured that nothing ‘serious’ is wrong with their health. But despite this reassurance, they will continue to experience symptoms of e.g. Severe aches and pains, persistent unremitting fatigue, woeful headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, recurrent infections, debilitating mood problems, lack of libido, insomnia, menstrual cycle related mood problems etc and quite reasonably I believe they will think: “Surely there must be something wrong which can hopefully be diagnosed and fixed”. This is the point at which I enter most patient’s lives.
A practical word of advice prior to coming to see me:
Prior to coming to see me, if you have significant or persistent symptoms, please consult your own General Practitioner who knows you well, to make sure there is no serious or life-threatening disease.
I use a Functional Medicine approach, which is looking both inside the “conventional medicine” box as well as outside it. If you are coming to see me, we need to be able to work together over a minimum period of 4 to 6 months. Consultations are different to the standard medical consultation in that they involve very comprehensive medical histories, examination of symptoms and they are significantly longer than in a traditional disease-based medical practice.