What Do You Do When Your Symptoms Are Unknown And Can't Be Diagnosed?
"It is difficult to describe how uncomfortable we as physicians feel when we have no idea what is wrong with a patient." - Brian Hodges, MD
If it's difficult and uncomfortable for your physician that he/she can't tell you why you have certain symptoms, or help you cure what is wrong with you, then your discomfort has to be so much more intense.
Do you sometimes just want to scream?
Your symptoms are real...you have persistent aches and pains that you never know when they will pop up, and that can dictate how you live your life...and yet your medical doctor can't diagnose what is wrong and can't help you get relief. And so you live with it.
There is a term for this condition, Medically Unknown Symptoms (MUS), and you are not alone experiencing this "unknown" diagnosis. In fact, it's calculated that one half of all out-patients deal with pain or discomfort without diagnosis or remedy daily.
Are you living with some of these common MUS symptoms?
- Digestive Issues - Abdominal and Gastrointestinal pain
- Sleep Problems
- Loss of Memory
- Rashes on your skin
- Joint Pain
- Unexpected or unexplained changes in weight
Also included in MUS are syndromes that are difficult to diagnose such as fibromyalgia, IBS and chronic fatigue syndrome. And many physicians will consider symptoms that they can't diagnose as psychological. But you know that your symptoms are not "just in your head."
The unexplained can be explained...
Most people who live with MUS have limited themselves to only going to a medical practitioner. But the good news is, you don't have to live with this diagnosis, there is an explanation!. Throughout your life you have undoubtedly experienced a variety of microtraumas that can injure your nervous system and spine...things like little falls or jolts that have caused problems that have gone unnoticed.
Your spine and nervous system are the "backbone" of good health. As an adult, if you are experiencing MUS, chances are those microtraumas are at the root of your problem. Chiropractic care can address those issues that are causing your symptoms with spinal adjustments and manipulations to bring your body back into healthy alignment. Along with that, a Chiropractor can also recommend exercises to increase your strength so you are able to maintain those adjustments.
Enjoy this short interview of one of Dr. Taggart's patients...