Chronic Conditions

Chronic Conditions
Chronic conditions can make it difficult to lead a full and vibrant life. In addition to conventional medical treatments, or when such treatments fail to help, complementary treatments such as chiropractics offer noninvasive ways to minimize your symptoms. Fuller Health Group is pleased to offer a variety of effective options for patients in Chicago and Oak Park, Illinois.

Chronic Conditions Q&A

What are chronic conditions?

Chronic health conditions are health problems that don’t diminish swiftly with treatment. Instead, symptoms may go on continually or sporadically throughout your life. Fuller Health Group offers diagnosis and treatment options for many chronic conditions, including:

Crohn’s Disease 

Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease. While it can affect any part of your digestive tract, it most often affects the small intestine. Symptoms may include abdominal pain, diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss, and malnutrition. Treatment may include medications, dietary changes, and complementary therapies, such as acupuncture. 

Dysbiosis 

Dysbiosis causes imbalances of  “good” and “bad” bacteria, usually in the digestive tract. Common symptoms include chronic diarrhea or constipation, heartburn, bloating, abdominal pain, indigestion, bad breath, and foul-smelling stool. Treatment may include dietary changes, supplements, such as probiotics, and acupuncture.

Eczema

Eczema causes chronic skin irritation and inflammation. There are numerous types, all of which may cause itching and rashes. Symptoms usually appear on the face, hands, feet, knees or wrists. Your skin may appear thick, dry, discolored, or scaly. Treatment may include lotions to keep the skin moist, and cold compresses, for minimized itching. Hydrocortisone cream and prescription antibiotics may also help.

Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia causes widespread pain, tenderness, and related symptoms, such as stiffness, sleep difficulties, and headaches. You may also experience memory problems, irritable bowel syndrome and sensitivity to temperature, bright lights, or loud noises. Treatment often involves a combination of treatments, such as pain-reducing medications, massage, and chiropractic care.

Heavy metal toxicity

Chronic heavy metal toxicity results from long-term exposure to heavy metals. Symptoms may include constipation, headache, muscle, joint pain, tiredness, and weakness. Acute exposure triggers more intense and immediate symptoms, which may require immediate medical attention. Avoiding the toxin is key for minimizing chronic symptoms.

Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection. Caused by the bite of an infected tick, it often first appears as a rash. As the infection spreads, you may experience body aches, headache, fever, fatigue, and neck stiffness. Early diagnosis and antibiotic treatment can help prevent complications. Chiropractic care may help manage any lingering aches or nervous system problems.

Viral Infections 

Chronic viral infection stems from an initial infection and may take months, years, or decades to develop. Examples include human immunodeficiency virus, hepatitis C, and forms of herpes. Antiviral medications may help manage symptoms and guard against complications. Sinusitis and UTIs can also become recurrent.

 

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