Functional medicine and their Medical symptom score (msq score)

Functional medicine and their Medical symptom score (msq score)

Hey dear healthy nuts! How is everyone doing in this crazy pandemic. I feel more calm and peaceful than ever in this entire pandemic time. And that is because knowledge is key, and that is for everything in life almost. I always like to track things down, because also tracking is key. I noticed that since the spread of the corona virus the anxiety has risen to a complete new level. However, I’ll learn you that this is not necessary.

What is the MSQ score?

So you probably never came across the MSQ score, but if you did congratulations!

The medical symptom questionnaire is a score that you give to your complaints based on the past 14 days. I know from experience that it is sometimes difficult to determine what fitted inside the 14 days, and what did not. Some people therefore use it in a different way. I would either recommend to do it for the past 14 days, or to use it as a tracker for the upcoming 14 days, where you can track it on a separate paper every day until you hit the 2 weeks. We work with a scaling system from 0 to 4.

Why is the MSQ a great tracker

Well firstly because it is free of charge, and everyone loves that period. Secondly this is a great tool to measure your progress. If you are going on a new diet but you are not sure if it works, do the MSQ before and take it after 3-4 weeks on your new diet and see how you do. If you are dealing with an autoimmune condition, this is even more important to do on the long run. Overcoming most disease is though, and functional medicine practitioners will swift everything in your life. Don’t look up when you notice it goes worse first before it get better, this is completely normal. I truly think this a great tool to progress your health moving forward slowly while you are taking the right steps to continue your health journey in the right direction.

Scaling system:

0 – Never or almost never have the symptom 

1 – Occasionally have it, effect is not severe 

2 – Occasionally have it, effect is severe 

3 – Frequently have it, effect is not severe 

4 – Frequently have it, effect is severe

Of course we as practitioners have nice and fancy forms. However, if you like to do some tracking at home for yourself to see if your extra sleep, reducing stress or your new food habits are paying off, you don’t need all of that obviously. Therefore I’ll share the questions with you:

Patient Name_____________________________________________________________ Date___________________ 

Rate each of the following symptoms based upon your typical health profile on a scale from 0 to 4.

__________ Headaches

 __________ Faintness

 __________ Dizziness

__________ Insomnia

Total

__________ Watery or itchy eyes

 __________ Swollen, reddened or sticky eyelids

 __________ Bags or dark circles under eyes

 __________ Blurred or tunnel vision

Total

(Does not include near or far-sightedness) 

__________ Itchy ears

__________ Earaches, ear infections

__________ Drainage from ear

__________ Ringing in ears, hearing loss

Total

 __________ Stuffy nose

__________ Sinus problems

__________ Hay fever

 __________ Sneezing attacks

 __________ Excessive mucus formation

Total

 __________ Chronic coughing

 __________ Gagging, frequent need to clear throat

 __________ Sore throat, hoarseness, loss of voice

 __________ Swollen or discolored tongue, gums, lips

__________ Canker sores

Total

 __________ Acne

__________ Hives, rashes, dry skin

 __________ Hair loss

 __________ Flushing, hot flashes

 __________ Excessive sweating

Total

 __________ Irregular or skipped heartbeat

 __________ Rapid or pounding heartbeat

__________ Chest pain

Total

__________ Chest congestion

 __________ Asthma, bronchitis  

__________ Shortness of breath

__________ Difficulty breathing

Total

__________ Nausea, vomiting

 __________ Diarrhea

__________ Constipation  

__________ Bloated feeling

__________ Belching, passing gas

 __________ Heartburn

 __________ Intestinal/stomach pain

Total

 __________ Pain or aches in joints

__________ Arthritis

__________ Stiffness or limitation of movement

 __________ Pain or aches in muscles

 __________ Feeling of weakness or tiredness

Total

__________ Binge eating/drinking

 __________ Craving certain foods

__________ Excessive weight

__________ Compulsive eating

 __________ Water retention

__________ Underweight

Total

 __________ Fatigue, sluggishness

__________ Apathy, lethargy

 __________ Hyperactivity

__________ Restlessness

Total

__________ Poor memory

 __________ Confusion, poor comprehension

__________ Poor concentration

__________ Poor physical coordination

 __________ Difficulty in making decisions

 __________ Stuttering or stammering

 __________ Slurred speech

 __________ Learning disabilities  

Total

__________ Mood swings

__________ Anxiety, fear, nervousness

 __________ Anger, irritability, aggressiveness

__________ Depression

Total

 __________ Frequent illness

 __________ Frequent or urgent urination

 __________ Genital itch or discharge

Total

Grand Total

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