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Understanding Your Physical Health | Chronic Conditions

A dropper puts a blood sample into a petri dish against a bright sea foam green background.

SCD patients are living longer thanks to hydroxyurea. Gene therapy could usher in a new era.

Even when an IBS flare-up occurs, we shouldn't feel too crappy about it.

Audible and physical tics do not have to spell an end to romantic fulfillment.

Vertigo doesn't have to make your love life spin out.

Inflammatory bowel disease not only changes your life but your libido, too.

The new drug, Mounjaro, lowers blood-sugar levels, a proven boon to overall and sexual health.

Your splitting headache might take more than a pill to relieve.

Researchers unearthed a potential connection between metformin and genital defects in baby boys.

'Our time's the most important thing that we don't get back, so we need to use it wisely.'

You may not know you have a gallbladder until the pain gets so bad it gets surgically removed.

The latest advances in meds and technology bring new hope for every stage of this condition.

The repetitive behavior of pulling out your hair is a constant challenge, but therapy can help.

Nine out of 10 people with kidney disease don't know they have it. Don't let that be you.

HS is a painful, little-known skin condition that requires a commitment to care.

Experts weigh in on the factors that contribute to reactions and what you can do for relief.

With adrenal insufficiency, your body doesn't produce the hormones it needs for daily function.

Kidney disease doesn't have to slow you down, but it does take planning.

Managing diabetes may feel like an uphill battle, but the climb is simpler than you think.

More than 12.1 million Americans will have atrial fibrillation by 2030. Don't be one of them.

RRMS is the most common type of MS, leading to chronic fatigue and so much more.

Don't sweat the small stuff, unless the small stuff is hyperhidrosis.

People are quick to ignore the symptom, though it's a leading cause of disability.

As if you didn't have enough on your plate—your skin may be acting up, too.

Dizziness, abnormal heart rate and loss of balance can happen—but what if it's POTS?

It's not just an old person's condition, and misconceptions can delay diagnosis.

Hashimoto's is an autoimmune disease and the number-one cause of hypothyroidism.

A new diagnosis can be overwhelming, but with practice, you can learn to control the disease.

This modality can provide a critical element of hope for long-suffering patients.

Tinnitus may sound like no big deal, but there may be worse to come.

Dear diary, I noticed a lump in my armpit last Monday and today it started itching...

Easily mistaken for a nut allergy, this syndrome is a unique and lifelong condition.

The right treatment plan can help you manage seizures.

You can live a full and happy life…yes, even without gluten.

When treatment for MS leads to cancer, the compounding effect can seem insurmountable.

Injury to the pudendal nerve can cause intense pelvic pain. Here's what you should do.

An underactive thyroid is a lifelong condition, but it's highly manageable with early detection.

We've all skipped regular tests over the past year or so, but now it's time to catch up.

Aura migraines, a heavy burden on their own, may have connections to further sensory disorders.

Changes to the central nervous system’s pain response can cause anxiety and depression.

Getting your doctor to understand your pain is real takes time and detailed documentation.

Experimentation and exploration are key when trying to find that sweet spot.

Hormones and genetics may explain why your immune system is attacking your body.

After 14 years with bipolar disorder, an additional diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease shook me.

Understanding the condition and its secondary complications can improve your quality of life.

Whether T2 is a new or old challenge in your life, these refresher FAQs can help.

Women worldwide know their pain won’t be taken seriously, a burden with deadly consequences.

You probably know someone with an autoimmune disease, but what does it mean?

People with autoimmune disorders face a number of difficulties, including with sexual function.

Restless legs syndrome sufferers have an uncontrollable urge to move their legs, even at night.

Crohn's disease, a form of IBD, affects millions of people in the United States.

With some planning, you can enjoy time out on the town with loved ones, regardless of IBS.

Stop taking the pink stuff and get to a gastroenterologist.

Irritable bowel syndrome creates obstacles for sex, but wise choices can mitigate them.

IBD is actually a variety of digestive disorders that affect about 3 million people in the U.S.

While you manage arthritis, you can still have a comfortable, even robust, lifestyle.

You can feel better...naturally. Here are some possible remedies for you to manage your pain.

Millions of Americans suffer from this form of inflammatory bowel disease. Know the signs.

While IBD is a serious condition, knowing the facts will help you best manage your disease.

Autoimmune diseases cause distress, medical complications and, possibly, fertility issues.

You don't have to live with pain. Learn the facts and don't be fooled by misconceptions.

Chronic pain impacts more than 1.5 billion people and can cause harm to a healthy sex life.

Twenty percent of the population lives with chronic pain. What’s the path forward?