A chronic illness is defined by anything that affects you for more than a few months. This can include diabetes, heart disease, fibromyalgia, arthritis, lupus, and even cancer. Studies have shown that almost 1 in 2 people have some form of chronic illness. Examples of chronic illnesses are:
Wholesome Health Integrative Medicine and Aesthetics offers many health and wellness programs that can help treat chronic conditions and also reduce the risk of developing a chronic illness.
In addition to specific symptoms of each chronic illness, most people will complain of symptoms such as pain and fatigue. They may also have mood disorders that interrupt their day. Physical changes from chronic illness can affect your appearance. These changes can affect self-esteem and cause you to withdraw from activities you used to enjoy which exacerbates the problem. Mood disorders such as depression and anxiety are some of the most common complaints of people dealing with chronic illnesses.
Stress can build up when one is suffering from a chronic illness. This can cause symptoms to get worse as the prolonged stress leads to frustration, anger, hopelessness, and sometimes depression. Being diagnosed with a chronic condition can be frightening and overwhelming. It’s important to learn methods on how to cope with the daily stresses of living with your illness. In addition to the challenges people normally face, having a chronic illness can add extra layers of stress. There are steps you can take to minimize the challenges of living with a long-term illness and to maximize your quality of life. Dr. Wheeler and the team at Wholesome Health Integrative Medicine and Aesthetics, understand the toll chronic illness can take on a person and work to provide lasting treatment which helps promote a better quality of life. Call Wholesome Health Integrative Medicine and Aesthetics today or schedule an appointment online to find out more about the programs available to help you navigate your chronic illness.
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