Unexplained Illnesses

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 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 or whatever. And quite reasonably I think, they will think: “Surely there must be something wrong which hopefully can be diagnosed and fixed”. This is the point at which I entered 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.

As a general guide:

  1. Prior to the first consultation (which lasts up to an hour), you are asked to fill out and e-mail back a detailed health questionnaire, which provides important background information to facilitate the assessment of your medical problems.
  2. At the first consultation, relevant medical investigations will usually be arranged, including blood tests, stool cultures, hormone investigations, food intolerance tests etc. Because laboratories in the United States are frequently utilised, test results may take up to 4 weeks to come back.
  3. Sometimes, as a 'kick-start' to their system, intravenous vitamin and mineral infusions may be suggested as an initial booster.
  4. The second consultation (30-45 minutes) takes place when all the test results are available (usually 4 weeks later).
  5. Your Functional Medicine treatment plan blends standard medical treatment with nutritional/ biochemically-based therapy. The aim is to work in harmony with your body's innate healing capabilities rather than suppressing them.
  6. The third consultation typically takes place about 6 to 8 weeks after the second.

This Questionnaire is ONLY to be filled by patients who have already booked their first appointment. If you have not booked your appointment yet, please do so on 01 296 5993. Appointments are booked by phone only.

For confidentiality reasons, questionnaires submitted by patients who have not pre-booked their appointment are deleted.

After you have booked your first appointment by phone, please fill in this Questionnaire, at the latest 2 full working days before the date of your appointment. It is very detailed and naturally totally confidential. Please take the time to answer to all questions accurately, but please do not exceed 2 to 3 lines per question. Thank you.

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"My journey"

Over the last 4 years, chronic pain and repeated infections had been dragging me down at all times. I was visiting my GP every 3 weeks, never getting any clear answers as to the reason I wasn't feeling well, going for tests and getting results which did not explain why I was like this. Then, new symptoms were bringing me to consult again etc. I was getting more anxious because I was suffering, and I was feeling bad when at the end of each episode my GP was saying: "Are you not suffering from stress at the moment?" My first consultation with Doctor Magovern was so different. Even though he had received my detailed health questionnaire, he spent a long time listening carefully to me, paying attention to every detail, clearly looking for a global picture of my health. He asked me to go for blood tests and other investigations. When the results came back, we agreed a plan for a naturally-based treatment, a mix of Intravenous infusions of minerals and vitamins and oral supplements. Six month later, I realise that, not only had I no antibiotic treatments over this past winter but my energy level has improved substantially. As a result I have not been annoying my GP with almost-monthly visits, not to mention avoiding further consultant visits. I feel I have invested in my health in the long term, I am a lot healthier and my monthly health costs are much lower.

Anna (49), Cork