I started coming here due to a panic attack about 5 months ago. I was transported to the hospital via ambulance with heart palpitations, anxiety, muscle spasms and stomach pain. Labs, EKG and CT scan were run but they all came back normal. But I knew something was wrong. I saw my PCP hoping that we could do a deeper dive into what was going on and all they were willing to do is recommend I get on an anti-depressant for the panic attack and Prilosec for the stomach issues. Prilosec didn’t help and I continued to feel sick, unable to sleep, jitters, heart palpitations, muscle spasms and random nerve pain. I went back to my PCP and another EKG was performed. Test was negative. I was so despondent that nothing was found. Of course you don’t want test results to be positive but you also want to know what’s wrong with you, right?
So I went on the internet and did some research. Found out about Functional Medicine. Found Wilmington Functional Medicine and there were some really great reviews and testimonials about them. So I thought I would give them a try. I did a phone consultation first with one of her assistants and they didn’t have any openings for almost 3 months. But I was desperate and so I took whatever appointment they had available. Luckily, after I had completed my paperwork, I got a call from them that something had opened up earlier and so I was able to get in after only one month’s wait.
And let me tell you… it was worth every minute of wait. First and foremost, Dr. Hilary takes her time. She actually listened to me and every condition or malady that I was experiencing, she took notes on. I started crying because no Doctor had done that before. I probably cried for 20 minutes of that 90 minute appointment and that 20 minutes was longer than any Doctor had spent time in front of me during any appointment.
The next thing she said to me was, “You’re not crazy. You’re not losing your mind. There is likely a cause or set of causes to your symptoms – we just have to figure out what it is.” And I was just relieved and thankful that Dr. Hilary was willing to take the time to figure it out. And when I got the results back from the tests that she ran, it was a 19-page booklet of what was out of balance in my body (full-blown gut infection in particular – 3 different strains of bacterial gut dysbiosis). The information was detailed and Dr. Hilary went through all of it, explaining to me exactly what was going on and how we were going to fix it. I have never experienced a Doctor doing this before.
Dr. Hilary then put me on a specific supplement plan and changed my diet so that my gut could actually heal and overcome this infection. It took a couple weeks to start feeing better but oh my God, after 2 months I feel normal again. I mean completely normal. I cry just thinking about how far I came in just 2 months and I have told everyone about this place. I have recommended to at least a dozen people in the last month to come here and get checked out. I can’t thank Dr. Hilary enough!!!