As a consumer and patient myself, I get it. You want results, you want them now, or at least have a ballpark answer as to when you might see improvements with your issue.
The answer is usually not so simple. Here is what I take into consideration when responding:
Is your issue chronic or acute? How long have you been having hot flashes/not sleeping/an aching back/panic attacks? The sooner you seek treatment, the better. Acute pain is easy to self-diagnose. Don’t wait for your pain and inflammation to settle in before seeking help of some sort. Chronic pain or a chronic issue is one that has been around for 3 to 6 months or longer. Acute pain or conditions can turn chronic if not dealt with soon enough.
Once you tune in to what is going on with your health, you can better gauge when to seek treatment. I have some patients who come see me before they get a migraine or herpes outbreak because they have learned the signals from their bodies and how to read them.
So, when will you see improvements? Acute problems will see improvement more quickly, while chronic issues take longer, of course.
This is not the only consideration of course.