Questions about functional medicine treatments in Columbus, Ohio
As a functional medicine practitioner, Dr. Tuttle often gets questions about hormone treatments, low testosterone, thyroid disease, sexual dysfunction and much more. Here are some frequently asked questions new patients want to know.
1) Does Dr. Tuttle provide Primary Care services?
CWM is a Functional Medical practice and is not a primary care office. As a Functional Medical practice, CWM focuses on finding the underlying cause of disease and symptoms, and on correcting those problems through the use of special diagnostic tools, testing, diet, supplements, and lifestyle management.
8) What can I expect at my first appointment?
A functional medical practitioner doesn’t schedule as many patients as other health care providers. Dr. Tuttle needs to spend enough time with you to fully explore the status of your health. You’ll do a lot of talking, she may examine you physically, and she may also suggest specific lab testing.
2) How long is the wait to get scheduled for new patients?
New patients are usually scheduled within one to two weeks.
9) What type of therapy does a functional medicine doctor use?
Your treatment plan may consist of various lifestyle changes including food intake, exercise, and stress reduction, along with taking nutritional supplements, herbals and hormones. Since every person is unique, every treatment plan is as well.
3) Will insurance cover functional medicine?
Functional Medicine is not covered by traditional insurance. While CWM is out of network, we do provide all patients with a complete bill, including the patient’s diagnosis codes, which the patient can use to file on his/her own.
10) When can I start my treatments?
After reviewing any test results and determining the underlying causes of your symptoms, Dr. Tuttle will develop a treatment plan based on your body’s needs that you can start right away.
4) How much does it cost to see a functional medicine doctor?
As an out-of-network functional medical office, patients pay out of pocket at each visit. As a partner to achieve your ultimate health, CWM focuses on providing as much time as needed during each visit.
Call our office at 614-420-2063 for pricing.
11) How long does it take to get results?
Functional medicine focuses on the individual patient. Even if you have the same symptoms as another person this doesn’t mean you have the same underlying causes. In addition, genetics plays a big part in the healing time. Depending on what you are being treated for, you may experience results right away, within the first month, or over several months.
5) Is testing included in the cost?
Testing is a separate cost. Functional medicine focuses on uncovering the “root cause” of a patient’s symptoms or problem, and therefore may require multiple tests. There is no “standard testing.” All patients receive an individualized plan.
12) If I’m eating well, why do I need supplements?
Unfortunately, even if you eat a perfect diet you are not able to get all the vitamins and minerals your body needs. Common nutrient deficiencies include omega-3 fats, iron, vitamin D, and magnesium, to name a few. In addition, over-the-counter and prescription medications can deplete our bodies of key nutrients, so even if you’re eating well your body will need more.
6) Do I need to be tested before receiving a treatment?
Testing is almost always needed. When a patient comes to see Dr. Tuttle, they have already had a multitude of tests with no answers and no results. Dr. Tuttle offers specialized tests that are not available through mainstream medicine. In order to uncover the underlying cause of your symptoms, special testing will need to be done.
13) What types of diseases can functional medicine help?
Stress affects us physically, emotionally and mentally. Combine stress with a toxic environment, lack of exercise, poor diet, insufficient sleep, and prescription medications and you may find yourself with a chronic disease such as cancer, autoimmune disorder, heart disease, hypertension, low thyroid, or diabetes. Functional medicine can prevent chronic diseases from occurring, reverse the damage that’s already done, and enable your body to heal itself.
7) How is a functional medicine doctor different?
The purpose of functional medicine is not to merely treat your symptoms, but to find the root causes of your symptoms and treat your whole body with a customized plan. Also, it’s more of a partnership because you and your doctor will be working together throughout your entire therapy.
14) How can functional medicine help my sex life?
Hormones control sex drive, so if your estrogen, progesterone, or testosterone levels are unbalanced you may not feel like having sex anymore. Hormones play a significant role in erectile dysfunction (ED), low sex drive, poor sexual performance, vaginal dryness, inability to orgasm, and more.
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