Relief for the Mystery Patient—Carol’s Story
Carol* was a mystery patient when she arrived at CCFM. Two years before establishing care, she had recurrent abdominal pain, diarrhea, and associated weight loss. After eating, she would experience numbness and tingling in her hands and feet, headaches, throat swelling, and joint pain. She became sensitive to chemicals, smoke, and perfumes and when inhaling, she would suffer from sinus symptoms and irritation. This worsened the recurrent sinus infections that she had been having on and off for the last 15 years.
A Functional Medicine Deep-Dive revealed Carol’s history of H. Pylori, with possible small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) and suspicion of tickborne disease. Specialized Functional Medicine testing was ordered, and results showed evidence of SIBO, significant heavy metal toxicity, intestinal dysbiosis due to several pathogens, Lyme and Bartonella, and significant inflammation related to possible mold exposure.
Carol was immediately placed on a plan to support her gastrointestinal system. She was started on an antimicrobial protocol with digestive support, including probiotics with specific strains to help improve her sinus symptoms. Carol also underwent heavy metal detox support and even had her dental amalgam fillings removed.
Carol and Her Spouse Could Travel Again
Carol noticed a significant increase in her energy levels, reduced abdominal pain, as well as reduced gas and bloating. She also recorded better sleep and less frequent spells of neuropathy. Her short-term memory improved and she found herself to be less forgetful. She was feeling better and her husband began to notice too. Carol has since been able to travel again and has enjoyed hiking in Yosemite and exploring Europe.
*Names and identifying details have been changed to protect the privacy of individuals.