Management of Chronic Conditions
If you have any chronic conditions such as diabetes or heart disease, it is important that you work with your primary care doctor to control your symptoms. Good chronic disease management can improve the quality of your life and even increase your life expectancy, so talk to your doctor if you are having trouble controlling your symptoms.
Medical conditions are classified as acute or chronic. Acute conditions can be cured with medications or other treatments. They typically develop rapidly and last for a short period of time. Chronic conditions can be managed with medications or other treatments, but they cannot be cured. Heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and hypertension are just some of the chronic conditions that affect millions of Americans. If you have a chronic condition, developing a good relationship with your primary care provider can help you take control of the condition and relieve symptoms that interfere with your life.
There are many chronic conditions that can affect you at some point in your life. Some, like allergies, can be managed rather easily with medications and other treatments. Others are more difficult to manage. Lupus and other autoimmune diseases can affect your entire body, so you may need to see a rheumatologist or other medical specialists. Obesity is also considered a chronic medical condition. Because several factors determine whether someone will develop obesity, there is no one-size-fits-all approach for managing the condition.
Controlling your symptoms will make it easier to enjoy your life, so talk to your doctor about the best way to manage your condition. Medications can control pain and discomfort so you can work, attend school, and perform your normal activities. If your condition affects your muscles, physical therapy can help you keep the muscles in good shape and avoid stiffness and soreness. You may also benefit from participating in a chronic disease self-management program. This type of program can help you reduce fatigue and control symptoms such as pain and shortness of breath.
If you have a chronic condition, your primary care doctor will help you find the best way to manage your symptoms. Medications, physical therapy, and other treatments relieve pain and discomfort, making it possible for you to do more of the things you love. Your doctor might also recommend a support group. Talking with other people who have the same condition can help you learn how to cope with the challenges of living with a chronic illness.
Coordination of Care
If you have difficulty controlling your symptoms, you may need to see a specialist. Your doctor can give you a referral to a specialist with experience managing your particular condition. A primary care doctor can also coordinate your care with physical therapists, mental health professionals, and other healthcare providers. A coordinated care plan can help you avoid unnecessary hospitalizations and reduce the cost of managing your condition.
If you need help managing a chronic condition, use our patient portal to schedule an appointment. The medical professionals of Chapel Hill Primary Care will use the best scientific evidence available to help you manage your condition and increase your quality of life. This evidence-based approach to medicine can help you avoid complications and reduce your healthcare costs.