Chronic inflammation is often referred to as the silent killer, as it can be a contributing factor to a variety of health problems, yet most people are unaware they have it.
The symptoms of chronic inflammation can be subtle and often overlooked – including fatigue, weight gain, headaches, joint pain, muscle pain, digestive issues, skin issues, and brain fog. Inflammation can increase incrementally over time, without people realizing the extent of the problem until the issue becomes more acute.
As the immune system produces low-grade inflammation as a response to stress, toxins, poor diet, and other factors most people are dealing with some form of low-grade inflammation.
Over time, chronic inflammation can lead to more serious health conditions, such as heart disease, cancer, and autoimmune disorders. Therefore, it is important to be aware of the symptoms and take action to address chronic inflammation as early as possible.
Typically, people have a vague understanding of what chronic inflammation is and thus, they often don't realize it could be the cause of their symptoms.
While they may share their nagging symptoms with their doctor, standardized medical protocol is to test just a few blood markers – and this is why they often miss chronic inflammation and doesn't engage in alternate testing to identify its source.
So when people are feeling the impact of chronic inflammation, their well-meaning doctor may say "your labs are fine" and "it's just a sign of getting older" all the while their inflammation continues to build.
If they are dealing with headaches or chronic pain, their doctor may prescribe medications just to help to manage the symptoms. Many people report still feeling poorly while on these medications which do nothing to address the inflammation and underlying imbalances that are causing it and are told they have to learn to live with it.
As a result, people feel unheard by their medical provider and are led to believe there isn't much they can do about it. They may also suspect that they need additional testing or something is missing from their treatment plan, but can't seem to get answers even from multiple doctors or specialists.
Chronic inflammation is so common that it's one of the first areas we examine to get a clear baseline for your health.
We also examine the multiple causes of inflammation and don't make assumptions about its source.
Most people are aware that chronic inflammation can be a result of stress or their eating habits, but there are many other causes. Poor sleep, exposure to environmental toxins (including mycotoxins like mold), and hormonal imbalances including hypothyroidism.
Other causes may include undiagnosed autoimmune conditions, food intolerances and gut dysbiosis including IBS, leaky gut, SIBO as well as other infections like candida.
Part of our protocol is to use functional medicine testing to identify inflammation markers such as hsCRP, homocysteine – as well as iron levels, hormone testing, nutritional testing and GI labs to help identify the root cause of inflammation and guide personalized treatment strategies.
Following advanced lab tests and a detailed discussion of your symptoms and history, our team can map out an effective treatment plan that we will execute together with plenty of support and guidance for any lifestyle changes you'll want to make.
By addressing the underlying causes of inflammation, we can help our patients achieve optimal health, vitality and longevity and help you finally break from the the never-ending cycle of symptoms you're experiencing.
If you have been experiencing symptoms that may be connected to inflammation and are looking for answers, book a free call with our team today!
Do you have questions about starting your path back to health? Our team is standing by, happy to answer any questions you have to determine if our approach is right for you.