Why Am I Having Strange Symptoms My Doctor Can't Explain?

Have you ever had strange symptoms that your healthcare provider just can't understand? Or maybe you've been to the doctor and was told that everything was ok. Your lab work checked out "just fine". Or my absolute favorite: "It's all in your head."

Sadly, in the healthcare landscape today, these statements are all too common. What's worse is that you're left feeling like you shouldn't be sick although you very clearly are. What if the cause of your symptoms or at the very least, any exacerbation, was due to the lack of specific nutrients? Could it be that you have an undiagnosed nutrient deficiency or insufficiency?

"It's all in your head."

If you've ever heard this or a variation of this statement from your primary care provider, then you know that frustration that this causes. This disbelief of healthcare providers leading to a dismissal of symptoms can be even worse in minorities like Black people [1] and women.

Why do so many doctors believe that your symptoms aren't physiological in nature? Why do so many doctors head straight to an accusation of malingering or mental illness when you present with hard to understand symptoms?

One of the reasons healthcare providers tend to disbelieve their patients is due to the "Lab Work Lens". Now, I've just coined this term so you may not find any search results for "Lab Work Lens" on Google but I believe that the phenomena is more than valid.

What is the Lab Work Lens?

The "Lab Work Lens" phenomena is when a healthcare practitioner considers lab work results as a more reliable gauge of your health than your own explanations of your symptoms. Sounds kind of harsh, right?

Well, not really. You see, most conventional healthcare practitioners are trained in a materialistic viewpoint. This means that they don't really take into account things that can't really be measured objectively like spiritual, mental, or emotional health.

Also, if taking insurance, practitioners must be able to prove to the insurance company that the treatments provided were actually necessary and lab work helps make a solid case.

Unfortunately, there are some patients who make a profit or gain some sympathy through pretending to be sick, or malingering. Just think of that poor girl whose mother pretended that she was sick for years.

So the "Lab Work Lens" isn't actually a bad way of going practicing medicine. In fact, it gives a practitioner a solid objective base to start with and compare treatment effectiveness when measured against future results.

So why does the "Lab Work Lens" have the opposite effect on so many patients? Meaning, these patients are dismissed or ignored by their providers because their lab work looks "normal"?

I feel that's because, in physiologically based cases, the lab work that's ordered isn't as sophisticated or in depth as it may need to be to find out what the underlying problem actually is.

Also, the healthcare provider may not be looking in the right direction.

Sophisticated Lab Work and the "Right Direction"

Let's say that you've been feeling irritated lately. You may also have muscle cramps, eye twitching, and an inability to fall asleep. Your blood pressure is higher than normal and you may even have palpitations.