Dr. Qadir, while able to complete rigorous medical school and training programs, struggled with regular fatigue. Even just getting through typical rounds at the hospital was difficult, which meant she had to put more effort into achieving each of her accomplishments. She also found it difficult to maintain a comfortable body temperature, as she was always cold and needed a sweater even when it was warm outside. Knowing that she had an enlarged thyroid, she received testing to learn more about the role it was playing in her symptoms. However, her doctors simply told her she was borderline and that they would “keep an eye on it”.
A stroke of luck came when a mentor mentioned to Dr.Qadir that her enlarged thyroid was a sign of a problem. They referred her to a physician who offered a more in-depth assessment of the thyroid than traditional doctors. This physician discovered she was suffering from an autoimmune thyroid disease and immediately started her on a treatment program. However, this treatment didn’t resolve all of her symptoms.
Dr.Qadir had to do extensive research on the thyroid in order to learn more about the role it played in the body and her health in particular. As she learned more, she became fascinated with the functional medicine approach and how it could better serve patients who weren’t seeing results with conventional medicine. For this reason, she became certified in functional medicine and made it a priority to continue learning everything this form of care had to offer.
With a much deeper understanding of the complexities of the thyroid and how it impacts every system in the body, Dr. Qadir came to the realization that one approach just isn’t enough. It’s for this reason that she combines both functional medicine and conventional medicine to help her patients. In her own words, "I'm blessed, as I'm living my purpose in life, which is to improve my patients’ quality of life".