Medical Unexplained Symptoms & Syndromes
Any persistent symptoms that cannot be explained by a medical doctor are referred to as functional symptoms or functional somatic symptoms. This doesn’t mean these symptoms don’t exist, that they’re not real, or that they are all in the mind. It simply means that the medical profession does not have a mechanism for identifying why these symptoms are present.
It is worth bearing in mind that they way we look at something defines what we see, or the way we ask a question defines the type of answer we receive. In order to understand why these persistent symptoms are present we have to entertain an expanded model, and change the way we understand the way the body works, taking into account energetic and metaphysical aspects and components.
What are medically unexplained symptoms?
The most common functional symptoms are:
- persistent headaches and migrainess
- stomach and bowel problems including acid reflux
- persistent pain symptoms, including chest, neck, shoulder and back pain (where there is no structural damage)
- skin conditions including hives and psoriasis
- fatigue or weakness for more than just short periods of time
When clusters of symptoms appear together they are classed as syndromes. These are:
- myalgic encephalomyelitis (M.E.)
- chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)
- post viral fatigue syndrome (PVFS)
- chronic fatigue and immune dysfunction syndrome (CFIDS)
- irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
Why are we seeing such an enormous increase in these symptoms and conditions?
Our modern society sees us continually rushing around in a semi-trance like state, always on the go, always focusing on the next thing that has to be done. We can feel like hamsters on a wheel with our busy consumer driven lifestyles. The vast majority of us are stuck in a cycle of debt, feeling like wage slaves and living in a state of fear and concern. We worry about how we will pay our bills and afford to buy the things that we think we need.
We have become stuck in a cycle of consumption and debt.
The result of this pattern is a sense of hopelessness or lack of control. If we experience emotional discomfort or ill health we are encouraged to take a pill or medication and get on with the day to day business of running around the hamster wheel. Our television screens are covered with adverts for products that seek to patch up symptoms – pills and patches for back-pain, joint-pain and headaches, potions to help us sleep and wake us up, and products to mask our acid reflux and help our bowel movements.
All these ‘quick fix’, superficial remedies have made us very passive in relation to healthcare.
We seem to have been lulled into a disempowered state where we give responsibility for our health to someone or something else. We have become disconnected from our selves, from our physical bodies.
Understandably, people tend to visit a doctor when they are concerned with the symptoms they are experiencing. Many of the somatic symptoms that patients experience—such as pain, weakness, and fatigue—remain unexplained even after extensive medical assessment.
Although many of these symptoms are transient, a significant number go on to become chronic problems. Despite the categorisations of ‘medical syndromes’ – fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue, chronic pain, and irritable bowel syndromes, and ‘psychiatric syndromes’ – anxiety and depression – there is substantial overlap between them in relation to symptoms experienced.
Our view is that many conditions frequently arise from the same cause, and we refer to these conditions as energeti illnesses. For the most part, conventional medicine does not have an explanation as to why these symptoms are present and why there are growing numbers of people suffering from these symptoms and syndromes.
Treatment tends to be primarily pharmacological in orientation.
However, treating symptoms doesn’t deal with why the symptoms are present; it doesn’t address the cause. The result can be that they will either persist or be replaced with another set of symptoms. Arguably, physical symptoms are simply a sign of disharmony and energetic imbalance, a ‘tap on the shoulder’ from a body that is trying to get our attention.
How can you recover from medically unexplained symptoms?
In order to fully recover from symptoms the wellness strategy needs to focus on the underlying cause of symptoms rather than focus on treating the symptoms themselves. Addressing the cause of symptoms stems from the knowledge that all symptoms are purposeful as they are presenting themselves for a reason. Even though the standard approach is to treat symptoms, unless the underlying cause is addressed the symptoms will either persist or a different and more severe set of symptoms will emerge.
Symptoms are caused by blockages in emotion (‘stress’) and the energy of us, our true self.
The nature of the symptoms will give crucial clues as to the nature of those blockages and how to address them. We need to look carefully at the type of symptoms that are presenting as well as when those symptoms are presenting themselves. This information gives crucial clues that will inform the wellness strategy that we implement.
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