Illness Treatment Specialist Question and Answers
Any illness should be checked out by a medical professional, especially chronic illnesses. Talk to our team of medical professionals today at Doctors Urgent Care so that we can help ensure your healthcare needs are taken care of! Call us or visit us online for directions. We serve patients from Ocala, FL and surrounding areas.
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Quite often, serious illness can seem to come without warning, but being aware of what signs to look for, and knowing some early warning signs could make the difference between life and death. Most illnesses will show early warning signs that something isn’t right inside the body, many show up as pain somewhere in the body, but those signs aren’t always painful.
Some early signs of an illness can show up as a skin rash, swelling, fatigue or a loss of concentration, loss of hearing, or even blurred vision. Common signs of an illness can be mild, or debilitating, just as some can be a sign of an illness that can be treated and resolved, or they can be a sign of a chronic, serious, or life-threatening condition.
Sudden pain in a specific area of the body can have many different causes, which makes diagnosing illness tricky for healthcare professionals as it could be a sign of something serious. Stress-related to chronic illness is very common and often requires counseling to help people cope with the illness and its treatment.
Many chronic illnesses can have disease-specific symptoms, however, many are revealed with invisible symptoms. The most common symptoms of chronic illness are pain, stress, fatigue, disturbed sleep, body aches, anxiety, and irritability.
Chronic illnesses can last a long time, often for a year or more, and will likely require ongoing medical care. When you experience an acute illness, like bronchitis or the flu, you know you will feel better and life will be back to normal soon, however, with a chronic illness, daily life can be severely disrupted, and can also have a detrimental effect on family life.
Some of the most common chronic illnesses that affect Americans include:
– Heart disease
– Cardiovascular disease
– Alzheimer’s disease
– Lung cancer
– Colorectal cancer
– Type 2 diabetes
– Chronic kidney disease
Medication is the most common treatment of a chronic illness however, some treatments may involve surgery, physical therapy, radiotherapy, or psychological therapy. A long-term, chronic illness requires having to adjust to the demands of the illness and the treatment or therapy involved in treating it.
Many chronic illnesses will persist throughout a person’s lifetime but are not always the cause of death, though some can be immediately life-threatening, such as heart disease or stroke. Chronic illnesses don’t fix themselves and generally, there are no cures for chronic illnesses, so most treatments come down to learning to cope with the illness. Often, the most helpful treatment is learning to reduce the stress that accompanies a chronic condition.
In order to diagnose an illness, your doctor will first interview you about the history of the symptoms you’ve been experiencing. Symptoms will commonly reveal if the illness is physical or if it’s a mental illness. Both physical and mental illness can be diagnosed, and both have early warning signs, and an appropriate treatment plan can be developed.
Medications may be prescribed to help ease the symptoms of pain, or mood-stabilizing medications can help with signs of mental illness. Often an internal illness will require surgical treatment, then possibly followed by pain management or physical therapy.
A chronic or acute illness affects millions of people in the U.S. and around the world, and each has its own symptoms. If you, or someone you care for, have a chronic disease and are facing increased levels of stress, there are ways to manage the stresses and get the help needed.
Our professional, and highly trained team of medical professionals at Doctors Urgent Care takes pride in providing our community with the most advanced diagnosis and treatment methods available. We offer a walk-in service, or you can call our care center, or visit our website for more information or directions. We serve patients from Ocala FL, Silver Springs Shores FL, Huntington FL, Zuber FL, Anthony FL and surrounding areas.