Case Studies

Below are detailed examples comparing how Functional Medicine treatments compare and contrast with the conventional approach for three very common situations. If you have questions, or see yourself in these examples, please send us a message or give us a call to learn more!

Diabetes is a disease entity defined by a random sugar over 200, three fasting sugars over 125 or a hemoglobin A1c of 6.5 or greater.  Once one of these levels is reached, then a medication such as metformin is started. Diet and lifestyle changes are recommended. If adequate control is not reached then second line meds are begun (i.e.- Januvia, Viczoza, Farxiga, Jardiance, etc.). If these treatments still don’t result in a fasting glucose of <150 or a hemoglobin A1c of <7.0, other medications and ultimately insulin may be given.

Diabetes - Conventional Medicine Approach

Fibromyalgia is a pain disorder which also includes sleep disturbances as well as gastric and psychiatric symptoms. Treatment depends on the expression of these symptoms in the patient. Graded exercise has been shown to help with the fatigue and pain of Fibro. The sleep disturbances must be addressed and depending on the severity the patient may be given sleep meds, benzos (like Valium), or even atypical antipsychotics (like Seroquel). The pain syndrome is hard to address and many different medication types are used whether SNRIs (i.e.- Cymbalta) or tricyclics (i.e.-amitriptyline) or nerve medications (i.e.-Lyrica or gabapentin). If none of the typical treatments work, then many times narcotics are implemented to treat the uncontrolled pain.

Fibromyalgia - Conventional Medicine Approach

Chronic Pain is a diagnosis that has FDA approved treatments. Once the diagnosis is made, the approved treatments are applied in succession based on Randomized Controlled Trial data and the strength of evidence for the efficacy of the approved treatments.

i.e. Start with nerve pain medications or chronic narcotics for pain relief

Chronic Pain - Conventional Medicine Approach


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