| Symptoms, Syndromes, Illness & Disease
first stage of healing always begins with breakdown. The first stage
of healing is characterized by a focus on, and attention to, the
external manifestations of distress (symptoms).
Elliott Dacher, MD
symptoms of mind, body and spirit affect virtually everyone from time
to time with variable duration, severity and combinations:
symptoms, such as abdominal pain associated with altered bowel function,
localized and widespread bodily aching and pain, headaches, dizziness
and feeling faint, tremulousness and jitteriness, chest pain, back pain,
menstrual symptoms, sexual difficulties, fatigue and low energy, temporomandibular
joint/jaw pain, shortness of breath, heart racing or rhythm problems,
pelvic pain, bladder problems and sweating
irritability and negative thinking, increased attention to and concern
about bodily symptoms, difficulty thinking/remembering, anxiety and
panic or phobias, obsessions and depression
feelings of worthlessness, lack of meaning or purpose, low self-esteem,
unhealthy shame, sense of lack of connection, isolation and separation
Unexplained "Functional" Symptoms
with medically unexplained symptoms decide to see a doctor, especially
if their symptoms include severe pain, raise concerns about a serious
illness like cancer, interfere with life activities (including work, social
life, and personal relationships) or become associated with anxiety or
depression. Medical research has confirmed that most health care visits
are made for common symptoms for which no specific cause can be found.
Doctors call these medically unexplained symptoms, "functional"
symptoms, because medical tests usually do not show a specific cause for
with these medically unexplained functional symptoms come to a doctor
for help, they often become patients diagnosed with functional syndromes.
A functional syndrome is a cluster of related symptoms and signs that
were designed to assist doctors in the recognition, diagnosis and treatment
of a patient’s presenting complaints. Because many of the same symptoms
occur in different syndromes, which particular functional syndrome that
the patient gets diagnosed with depends upon the predominant symptoms
and the type of specialist seen. Two common functional syndromes are irritable
bowel syndrome, and fibromyalgia.
of labeling symptom experience as a specific syndrome with the implication
that there may be specific medical treatment and even cure is called,
"medicalization." Many patients
are confused and frustrated by the process of medicalization and diagnosis
of functional syndrome(s).
here to learn more about Functional Gastrointestinal Syndromes.
symptoms and functional syndromes are related illnesses that can only
be understood through the MindBodySpirit Connection, which is also an
important dimension of many serious diseases, such as high blood pressure,
diabetes, abnormal blood fats (lipids), and central abdominal obesity
that increase the risk of stroke and heart attack. Click
here to learn more about this combination of diseases known as Metabolic