Mystery Illness

In this  Unexplained Illness Podcast episode Dr Patrick Magovern discusses Unexplained Illness
In particular he looks at:

  • Where to start with Unexplained Illness,
  • Understanding the multi layers of Unexplained Illness,
  • Analyzing the persistent unexplained symptoms,
  • Organising patient history in a meaningful way,
  • Timeline and past medical history,
  • Gastrointestinal function and its effect on the body,
  • Unexplained Illness and issues with Detoxification.
  • Mould Toxicity and symptoms

Standard medicine teaches doctors how to make a diagnosis and is very useful in acute care. However the standard medical model is woefully inadequate in patients who have chronic (ongoing) symptoms.

Sadly, also in standard medicine, when a patient has symptoms which are severe but which are not ‘in the disease book’ they may be labelled as suffering from somatic (bodily) symptoms which are coming from a psychological (stress or anxiety or emotional trauma) cause.

Each patient is different and I want to provide you with something that is readable and informative without being over turgid so I can’t really go into all the details or you would just find yourself completely bored to tears.

I have tried to look at some of the causes of persistent unexplained symptoms which I encounter in my practice and which are generally proven amenable to treatment over the years.

One word of advice regarding the medical system in Ireland is: it is impossible for general practitioners to be a master or a mistress of the detailed treatment of every kind of medical condition. The most important skill in general practice is to be able to diagnose patients and make a competent initial assessment and prescribe treatment.

The greatest challenge for your GP is to be sure to pick up serious or life-threatening illness. Unfortunately it would add years to medical school if doctors were truly to be taught detailed skills for dealing with unexplained illness.

I delve more deeply into this subject matter in this Unexplained Illness Podcast