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Fighting for Health: A Guide to Overcoming Medical Gaslighting

It's time to talk about a topic that hits close to home for so many of us - medical gaslighting. 

It's tough enough to deal with health issues, but when you feel like your doctor isn't taking your concerns seriously, it can be even more overwhelming. You may have gone from doctor to doctor, only to be told that your symptoms are "all in your head" or that there's nothing that can be done, or "you're just getting older." It's frustrating to feel like you're not being heard, and it can lead to a sense of hopelessness. Medical gaslighting is a real problem that many of us face, and it's disheartening to say the least.

If you're feeling frustrated with your health and are now self-treating with supplements to alleviate symptoms that won't go away, know that you're not alone.

Conventional medical doctors may not take your concerns seriously, and even if they do, they may simply throw a prescription or two at you to only mask the symptom instead of determining the root cause. And while functional medical doctors may seem like the answer, they can also fall into the trap of only treating symptoms with supplements and not getting to the root of the problem either.

If you're like me, you're always looking for solutions to problems, for everyone else until things get bad enough and you know you have to focus on yourself, even if just for a moment. You take yourself to a medical doctor, ready and willing to do everything in your power to take care of yourself, but your doctor just doesn't seem to get it. He/she looks at your individual symptoms and writes prescriptions to mask/mute the symptoms, never addressing the root cause. You start giving up on conventional medical doctors and look for a functional medicine doctor. Unfortunately, he/she has fallen into the same trap, prescribing an overabundance of supplements that you are expected to take for life.


Well, I've got news for you - medical gaslighting is a real thing and it's happening to a lot of us. But you know what? You don't have to be a victim. You can be the hero of your own story and take control of your health.

First, it's important to find a healthcare practitioner who actually listens to you and takes your concerns seriously. If you're not getting the answers you need, don't be afraid to seek a second opinion. You deserve to have a healthcare provider who hears you and works with you to find solutions.

Second, remember that medical doctors go to school to learn how to find symptoms and "treat" them with medications. The saying there's a "pill for every ill", is true and MDs are doing exactly what they were taught to do. If you aren't looking for a lifetime financial commitment to Big Pharma to maintain your symptoms and chronic disease, consider working with a metabolic health practitioner (MHP) who specializes in functional diagnostic labs. MHPs work to find where the dysfunction is in your body, they review your symptoms and compare them to your test results to create customized protocols to restore the function in your body. Crazy idea, right? This approach is so much more effective in providing long-term solutions and taking control of your health. Plus, it reduces the risk of polypharmacy, which is when you're taking multiple medications that can interact with each other, cause harmful side effects, and require even more medications to address the new side effects.

To wrap up, I feel the need to add, self-care is just as important as finding the right healthcare practitioner. Medical gaslighting can be draining and can lead to feelings of frustration and hopelessness. So, make sure to take breaks, engage in activities that bring you joy, and connect with friends and family who have your back.

BOTTOM LINE: Medical gaslighting is a real problem, but you don't have to be a victim. By finding the right type of healthcare practitioner you can take control of your health and be the hero of your own story. Restore your metabolic function so you can age without pain, dependence on medication, or chronic disease.

If you don't make time for your health,
you'll be forced to make time for your illness.

She's just so tired ....
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