Patient discussion about chronic pain

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Q. What is a Chronic disease?

Please explain what makes a disease be considered chronic?
A1If a disease lasts for a long time or for your life time, it's considered a chronic disease. A person with a chronic disease needs to manage it and treat it all the time.
A2A chronic disease is a disease that is long-lasting or recurrent. A chronic disease is one lasting 3 months or more. These diseases need to be treated constantly. For example: heart disease, cancer, and diabetes are chronic diseases.
A3i agree- chrono- means time. that means diseases that stays for life if you won;t get rid of the cause. it's like never taking off on a smelly shirt, you'll be a chronic stinker :)

Q. What Is the Treatment for Chronic Sinusitis?

My daughter has been suffering from sinusitis for years now. We've tried all possible drugs but nothing really seems to help her anymore. Is there another option for treating chronic sinusitis?
A1For chronic or recurring sinusitis, referral to an otolaryngologist may be indicated for more specialist assessment and treatment, which may include nasal surgery. However, for most patients the surgical approach is not superior to appropriate medical treatment. Surgery should only be considered for those patients who do not experience sufficient relief from optimal medication. A relatively recent advance in the treatment of sinusitis is a type of surgery called FESS - functional endoscopic sinus surgery, whereby normal clearance from the sinuses is restored by removing the anatomical and pathological obstructive variations that predispose to sinusitis.
A2Chronic sinusitis is a disease that can sometimes be solved by surgical means. Here you can find out more about when is surgery indicated in this situation-

Q. What causes a chronic cough?

I had a cold for a few days, acompanied with cough. it all passed and the cough stays for over a month now! is it chronical? what to do in that case?
Ai would go check it up with a Dr. it sometimes happen that the disease is longer then is seems. the body fight the infection lowering it down and then it stays in a low level and cause to partial symptoms.
but this is just a guess. you may have another cause.

Q. Can chronic prostatitis be cured?

If so, what are the most efficient treatments?
A2Unlikely, I have had chronic prostatitis for 20 years. I have discovered it is due to a fungal infection, a yeast type fungus . Anti biotics are worthless. I had great success with an antifungal,Nazoril,take the maximum dose for as long as possible.
A3Chronic prostatitis or 'chronic pelvic pain syndrome' should be distinguished from acute or chronic bacterial prostatitis. For chronic nonbacterial prostatitis, a treatment called the "Stanford Protocol",has recently been published. This is a combination of medication (using antidepressants and medications from the benzodiazepines family), psychological therapy (paradoxical relaxation, an advancement and adaptation, specifically for pelvic pain, of a type of progressive relaxation technique ), and physical therapy (trigger point release therapy on pelvic floor and abdominal muscles, and also yoga-type exercises with the aim of relaxing pelvic floor and abdominal muscles.

Q. What is the difference between chronic sinusitis and chronic rhinitis?

I have chronic rhinitis but it is hard to tell if I have sinusitis.
ASinusitis is an inflammation of the nasal cavities. The names specify the location. It can be caused by anything, if gonorrhea bacteria will enter the nasal cavities and infect them- that is sinusitis also. Rhinitis is an inflammation of the internal nose. Again can be caused by anything. The way to differentiate- the sinuses are a closed space. If it fills with liquid too much- it’ll hurt.

Q. What can cause chronic fatigue?

For the last few weeks I’ve been having this strange fatigue, I sleep 12-14 hours at night (I used to sleep 6-7 hours), and I’m tired all day long. It really bothers me. What can is be?
A1Wow, there are so many…to give you a taste- here is a list. I guess some of them you can rule out pretty easily through checking your habits and other symptoms (if you have any):
A2There are about 20-30 causes of chronic fatigue that are known. But mind you that you still don’t have chronic fatigue- this requires 6 months of fatigue. What you have is acute fatigue. And there are probably even more causes of that. Some of them are probably viruses that were not identified yet. So I recommend a good Dr. and thorough exam.

Q. How do you know when your tiredness is a chronic health symptom?

Sometimes I'm just overwhelmingly tired and need to lay down for awhile. Then I feel better but then I haven't accomplished a lot. At least after I rest I am able to do things again. What is Chronic Fatigue all about?
A1Wow! Good question!
I tell you what- here is a very good site I use all the time. You enter a symptom and it gives you all the illnesses that have the symptom. Then you enter another symptom you have and it narrows the list.
I already entered fatigue for you:

and here is a site about chronic fatigue syndrome that you can look for differences:
A2Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Epstein-Barr Syndrome is a lymph node problem which lowers your resistance. You can be diagnosed with simple blood tests. Ask your Dr. to do a blood panel with a Mono-panel. Then he might prescribe vitamins or exercise for you. Good luck and feel better. I have CFS and Fibromyalgia and I know how you feel - don't get down on yourself for allowing yourself to work on your exhaustion and not doing another load of laundry!
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