What is a Chronic condition?
At Kotsanis Institute of Functional Medicine in Grapevine, TX, we treat patients with chronic conditions like cancer, chronic pain, autoimmune disorders, and more. Our skilled team of physicians believes that the path to optimal health (even with a chronic illness) starts with addressing your body as a whole — not just treating individual symptoms when they become a problem. Specifically, we believe that all disease initiation begins with toxic nutrition and negative thoughts. Why? Inflammatory mechanisms, in turn, cause macro and micronutrient imbalances in all cells that result in lymph stasis and impaired detoxification of toxic accumulations. If you aren't managing your health, eating the right foods, or taking care of your body the way it needs to be cared for, then it will only make your chronic illness that much worse. Because you have a major chronic illness, you need to pay attention to the way you eat, how much you exercise, how you live your life, and all the small details that can set off undesirable medical issues on top of your major illness.
By not taking care of your body as a whole, your lymphatic system (drainage system of the cells), vascular-endothelium system (transporter of fluids, nutrients, and toxins), and major detoxifying organs (liver and kidneys) are continually stressed. Your body is not performing as well as it should and can only provide you with compromised results. At our office in Grapevine, TX, our team sees patients of all ages with chronic conditions to help them live healthier lives. If you'd like to have a consultation, please request an appointment online or call and speak to one of our friendly patient care coordinators.
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What Chronic conditions do you Treat?
Living life with a chronic illness doesn't have to feel overwhelming all of the time when you have a caring medical team on your side. There are many chronic medical conditions that we can help you manage with functional medicine in tandem with your traditional medical care. We can help you manage your chronic condition for a better quality of life and with the hopes of fewer trips to see medical professionals or to seek urgent care. We have several decades of experience working with patients from all walks of life with chronic conditions like:
- Lyme disease
- Chronic pain
- Heart disease
- Lung disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Depression and mood disorders
- Autoimmune diseases and disorders
Of course, there are many diseases and conditions that are not on this list. Our team would be happy to work with you and your primary care physician, specialists, oncologist, and more for a well-rounded approach to your medical treatment.
What are the Symptoms of a Chronic Condition?
The symptoms you experience may vary based on the type and severity of your chronic illness. Common issues include fatigue, pain and discomfort, difficulty breathing, changes in appetite or weight, sleep disruption, and digestive issues. It's also common to have emotional and psychological symptoms like depression and anxiety since chronic illnesses have an impact on your quality of life. The Kotsanis Institute focuses on treating the body as a whole and understanding the root cause of your symptoms before creating a personalized treatment plan.
How do you treat chronic conditions?
Our team at Kotsanis Institute wants you to have the medical care you need for your chronic illness. We will begin your treatment by reviewing your medical history and gathering information about your condition so that he can recommend what to do next. We will also want to meet with you in person for a physical exam and to order tests as needed. Once we have all of the information we need, we will design a treatment plan dedicated to your needs. Over time, we will track your progress and make adjustments as needed to the plan to help you live with your chronic condition.
Chronic Conditions FAQ
Can a chronic condition be cured?
Most chronic conditions can only be managed, not cured. The definition of a chronic condition is "constant and long-lasting", typically meaning that it is a lifelong condition that must be managed to reduce symptoms and improve quality of life.
How common are chronic conditions?
Chronic conditions are the number one cause of death and disability in America. In the U.S., almost 60% of adults have some type of chronic condition. Four in 10 adults have more than one chronic condition.
How can I avoid or manage a chronic condition?
- Eat a healthy diet
- Get regular exercise
- Limit sugar intake
- Drink plenty of water
- Limit alcohol intake
- Don’t smoke tobacco
- Have regular physical exams
- Get healthy sleep
- Understand your family medical history
How can stress impact chronic conditions?
Stress can exacerbate many chronic conditions by triggering inflammation and hormonal imbalances in the body. This can lead to increased symptoms and complications. Managing stress through relaxation techniques, exercise, and adequate sleep is important for controlling chronic condition symptoms.
What role does diet play in the management of chronic conditions?
Diet plays a significant role in managing chronic conditions. Healthy eating can help control symptoms, manage weight, reduce inflammation, and maintain energy levels. Specific dietary adjustments depend on the condition but generally include a balance of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats. The team at Kotsanis Institute of Functional Medicine can offer dietary recommendations for your condition.
How can my chronic condition affect my body’s reaction to common illnesses (like the flu)?
Chronic conditions can weaken the immune system, making the body more susceptible to infections. Additionally, common illnesses can exacerbate the symptoms of a chronic condition, leading to more severe health complications. It’s important to take preventive measures like vaccinations, good hygiene, and regular medical check-ups.
Caring for Your Conditions
You're not alone in caring for yourself when you have a chronic health condition. At Kotsanis Institute, we're here to listen, offer suggestions, and guide you through changing your nutrition in order to better care for your body — when it's already battling a major condition. Explore your holistic options today at Kotsanis Institute of Functional Medicine in Grapevine, TX.