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Is Your Pain Chronic? Understanding Chronic Pain

Is Your Pain Chronic? Understanding Chronic Pain

by Yenny (SU)
Pain is your body's way of telling you something is wrong, but how would you know if it’s chronic pain? Doctors often define chronic pain as any pain that lasts for 3 to 6 months or more. What causes chronic pain? Sometimes chronic pain can begin without any obvious cause, however, some of the leading causes include: • Nerve damage • Infections • Fibromyalgia • Past injuries or surgeries • Back problems • Migraines and other headaches • Arthritis

The Difference between an Internist and a Primary Care Physician

The Difference between an Internist and a Primary Care Physician

by Shearly (SU)
To understand the difference between an internist and a primary care physician, it is important to realize that one is a specialty, and the other is a role. An internist is a physician who specializes in internal medicine, and is an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of adult diseases. While an internist can function as a primary care physician, he or she may also focus their practice on hospital medicine, medical education and/or research. On the other hand, a primary care physician may be an internist, a pediatrician, a geriatrician, a family practitioner, a gynecologist or an obstetrician, because primary care involves the practice of promoting overall health for the entire individual within the specific population (geriatrics, pediatrics, etc.) of the physician’s specialty. Let’s first look at the specialty of internal medicine, and then examine how these and other physicians practice in the primary care environment.

Getting the Most From Your Primary Care Visit

Getting the Most From Your Primary Care Visit

by Shearly (SU)
Have you ever gotten home from a doctor visit and realized you forgot to mention something you wanted to talk about? Or maybe you arrived at your visit without important information, like the name of the new medication a specialist prescribed. Your next appointment may not be scheduled for months, and it’s often difficult to make time for an extra trip. Yet, good communication is essential for insuring that all your health needs are met. So, whether you are seeing a new provider, or returning for a follow-up appointment, here are some tips to make sure you get the most from all of your primary care visits.

At Home Tips for Dealing with High Blood Pressure

At Home Tips for Dealing with High Blood Pressure

by Shearly (SU)
Has your doctor told that your blood pressure is too high? Maybe you’re already taking blood pressure medication. You’re not alone. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is one of the most common chronic illnesses in the world. Uncontrolled blood pressure can cause a number of additional health problems, including heart disease, kidney disease, circulation problems, vision problems, and stroke. Unfortunately, high blood pressure often goes unnoticed because there usually are no symptoms, so it’s important that you know what you can do to keep your blood pressure normal. Here are some important tips on how you can deal with high blood pressure at home.

How Walking Can Prevent Diabetes

How Walking Can Prevent Diabetes

by Stephanie Meadows
Diabetes is a metabolic disease in which the body’s inability to produce any or enough insulin causes elevated levels of glucose in the blood. Most of the food we eat is turned into glucose, or sugar, for our bodies to use for energy, and those with diabetes have problems metabolizing it.

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