Gut Feelings is a must read for any doctor in the field of gastroenterology. It is also a must read for any patient experiencing unresolved, seemingly misdiagnosed GI issues. It is widely known that a doctor’s mission is to provide excellent medical care and improve the lives of patients. Education is oftentimes the answer when doctors reach a roadblock. For a decade, I was failed by the medical community because the science of gastrointestinal dysfunction was unknown.
When I arrived at Drossman Care in 2017, I was stuck in a vicious cycle with no way out. An accurate diagnosis coupled with Rome Foundation Research paved the way for healing. My treatment included Pharmacology + CBT + Doctor’s Care + Time. Neuromodulators were necessary to regulate signals to the brain. Equally, if not more important, CBT helped me identify and change behaviors that were hurtful and an impedance to healing. Calm the brain, calm the gut! I wasn’t crazy, but my A-type, overachieving personality needed a total OVERHAUL. Today, my life is vastly improved, better balanced and even restful. I am thankful that the biopsychosocial model not only saved my life, but gave me a much better quality of life to enjoy!
I, and my family, are forever indebted and grateful to Dr. Drossman and the Rome Foundation for the magnitude of research done in the field of DGBI’s. Through the care and guidance of Dr. Drossman, I am thrilled to say, I HAVE MY LIFE BACK and I AM PAIN FREE. My first visit with Dr. Drossman set the stage for success. His methods of communication set me at ease and conveyed a sense of care and concern. He educated me with diagrams and even gave me several journal articles which I happily read. I trusted Dr. Drossman– perhaps the most critical step– because without trust, there is no viable treatment plan.
This book provides a wealth of information, backed with decades of research and patient success. Dr. Drossman translates complex and often misunderstood digestive disorders that ultimately help doctors and patients understand one another. Gut Feelings begins with a brief history of medicine to help the reader understand the limitations of Cartesian dualism. More importantly, Dr. Drossman highlights the relevance of the biopsychosocial model, which cannot be overlooked, considering the hard-wired Gut-Brain interaction.
Digestive disorders are very real, but the treatment is NOT a one size fits all. Gut Feelings categorizes a magnitude of symptoms, coupled with proven interview techniques which allow for proper diagnosis. This methodology is proven and for me personally, it was the answer to wellness I had been seeking for a decade. Finally, a book that validates the patient, explains the gut illness AND gives hope for wellness and healing!