One of the most enjoyable experiences as a physician is the relationship built with patients over years of caring for ongoing, chronic conditions. As medical interventions improve, more diseases will shift over to the list of chronic ailments. For instance, many stage IV malignancies, while not curable, have long-term survival expectations with medical regimens that control the disease when there’s a flare-up. Remember when AIDS had a 3 to 6 month life expectancy? Now people survive for decades in good health with antiviral and prophylactic drug regimens.
The usual conditions we follow and treat long-term, like diabetes, hypertension, arthritis, osteoporosis, coronary artery disease, arrhythmias, obesity, emphysema, allergies, asthma, acid reflux, constipation, irritable bowel disease, degenerative disc disease, headache disorders, hypothyroidism, and some forms of depression, to name a few, don’t need to affect longevity or quality of life if managed successfully.
Often, the care of a chronic condition is shared with a specialist that you may see once or twice a year. Our office works in coordination with your specialist to avoid any duplication of tests or labs.
Take the initiative to diagnose and treat these conditions early and consistently to enjoy the best outcome and the least inconvenience.