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Primary Care

Chronic Disease

chronic disease info from National Institutes of Health

Chronic Disease

Most chronic diseases are treated in the primary care setting. This page mentions some of the most common that we see.

We refer to specialists for some chronic diseases, such as heart disease. For these diseases, Charis Clinic's role is to support you and help you keep on track.


Pre-Diabetes and Diabetes

Charis Clinic has helped many to control or even reverse their pre-diabetes or diabetes. More than 30 million Americans have diabetes. Diabetes increases the risk of heart disease and stroke and can lead to other serious complications, such as kidney failure, blindness, and amputation of a toe, foot, or leg. Another 84 million US adults have pre-diabetes, a serious health condition in which blood sugar levels are higher than normal, already lost more than 50% of pancreas function has been lost. A person with pre-diabetes is at high risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

asthma patient


Did you know that a chronic cough or a cough that is worse after a cold could be asthma? Charis Clinic can help! Asthma is a chronic disease that affects the airways. If you have asthma, the lining of your airways becomes swollen and reactive. They may react strongly to things that you are allergic to or or to smoke, cold air and other irritants. When your airways react, they get narrower and your lungs get less air.

patient with migrane headache


Migrane treatment has changed dramatically in recent years. Charis Clinic can steer you to effective treatments. A migraine is usually an intense pounding headache that can last for hours or even days. The pounding or pulsing pain usually begins in the forehead, the side of the head, or around the eyes. The headache gradually gets worse. Just about any movement, activity, bright light, or loud noise seems to make it hurt more. Nausea and vomiting may occur during a migraine. Migraines may happen only once or twice a year, or as often as daily. Women are more likely to have migraines than men.

patient with high blood pressure

High Blood Pressure

Charis Clinic can help you take the steps to control or even reverse high blood pressure. High blood pressure usually has no symptoms. The only way to find out if you have it is to get regular blood pressure checks from your health care provider. When your blood pressure stays high over time, it causes the heart to pump harder and work overtime, possibly leading to serious health problems such as heart attack, stroke, heart failure, and kidney failure.

patient with fibromyalgia


Charis Clinic has experience helping people with fibromyalgia live a more active life. Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes aches and pain throughout the body. People with fibromyalgia often experience other symptoms, such as extreme tiredness or sleeping, mood, or memory problems. The pain, extreme tiredness, and lack of sleep that fibromyalgia causes can affect your ability to work or do daily activities. Charis Clinic can help with your treatment.

patient with low back pain

Low Back Pain

Low back pain is of the more common reasons to see a primary care provider. Charis Clinic can help you and connect you to other professionals, such as physical therapists for a comprehensive plan.

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