Chronic Illness Care in Plano, TX

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what is a chronic illness?

Chronic illnesses are health conditions that generally develop over time and last for more than three months. Many chronic illnesses last for years and do not have a cure. Fortunately, thanks to modern medicine, there are a wide variety of treatment options available that can help improve and manage many chronic health conditions. If you or your loved one are battling a persistent infection, depression, or high cholesterol, it may be time to seek medical attention. At Nest Family Medicine, family practitioner Dr. PritiRanjan can perform a thorough health exam to determine a diagnosis and best form of treatment. Contact our medical practice in Plano, TX, to book your appointment today.

what are the most common chronic illnesses?

Some of the most common types of chronic illnesses include but are not limited to the following:

  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • High cholesterol
  • Heart disease
  • Asthma
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Mood disorders
  • Arthritis
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Cancer

Can you cure chronic illnesses?

Unfortunately, many chronic illnesses do not have a cure. Therefore, treatment typically focuses on symptom and pain management. Medical care for chronic illnesses will vary from patient to patient, depending on their disease, health history, and symptoms. Dr. Ranjan will perform a full medical assessment to confirm your diagnosis and better understand your condition. She may also order additional testing or lab work, if necessary. From there, she will discuss all your treatment options and therapies that can help manage your symptoms and improve your comfort.

Chronic Illness FAQ

What is the difference between chronic disease and chronic illness?

These terms are often used interchangeably, but according to the NIH (National Institutes of Health), chronic disease is defined by the medical disease classification (cancer, diabetes, heart disease, asthma, etc.), whereas chronic illness refers to the experience of the person living the effects of chronic disease.

What does chronically ill mean?

Being chronically ill means you have a chronic disease or illness that lasts for an extended period, and in most cases, cannot be cured. However, many chronic illnesses have effective treatments to help manage the effects.

What are the top chronic illnesses?

The top three chronic illnesses are also responsible for the most deaths every year in the U.S. These are heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.

Is asthma a chronic illness?

Yes, asthma is considered a chronic illness (or disease). Because many people are affected by asthma their entire life, that makes it a chronic condition.

how can i get treatment for a chronic illness?

Don't live in pain and chronic suffering. Nest Family Medicine is dedicated to improving the quality of life for you and your loved ones through state-of-the-art medical care. Contact our office in Plano, TX to book an appointment with seasoned family practitioner Dr. Priti Ranjan. We offer flexible billing and accept most major insurance plans.

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