Managing your health is an incredibly important thing to do. After all, health is one of the most important things that you have, and taking good care of it and going in for regular doctor’s appointments will help you to keep it in good shape for a long time. For many people, seeing a doctor can be hugely beneficial, if even to just get a clean bill of health.
For regular check ups, a family doctor will likely suffice. A family medicine doctor is a common specialty for medical professionals here in the United States, and so finding the right family practice center in your area is likely to be easier than you might think. Such family practice doctors are likely to be able to treat multiple members of your family as well, meaning that you can provide your children with regular access to healthcare as well, something that is just as important – if not even more so, as a matter of fact – than your own healthcare.
It’s important to bring up any concerns over your health that you might have whenever you see this doctor, no matter how small you think these concerns are. After all, even relatively minor symptoms can point towards a health problem that is a much bigger deal than you might have thought. Take, for instance, cases of low testosterone levels in men, a common condition that far too few people actually seek treatment for.
In fact, while it is estimated that up to 13 million men in the United States alone are dealing with low levels of testosterone, it is also estimated that the vast majority of these men – up to 90% of them, to be more specific – have never actually sought out treatment for this problem. But low testosterone treatment is more than possible, and it can increase the quality of life for those who deal with low levels of testosterone in quite a significant way.
The same can be said for chronic pain conditions, which are actually so common that an estimated one and a half billion people deal with at least one of them all throughout the world. Chronic pain can stem from autoimmune conditions, from injury, or really from any number of other things, and effective pain management can be difficult to come by. This, however, certainly does not mean that effective pain management is impossible for those dealing with difficult to treat chronic pain conditions.
Pain management options should be discussed and assessed every time that you see your doctor and in severe chronic pain cases, you might even be recommended to see a pain management specialist. When it comes to pain management, however, it is important to be careful with strong pain medications. This is due to the fact that these medications, typically prescribed for the legitimate need for pain management, can all too easily become addicted. For many people, searching for pain management is exactly where addiction to such pain management medications begins in the first place.
And opioid use is more problematic than ever before here in the United States, with more than two million people diagnosed with a substance abuse problem particularly related to painkillers in the year of 2015 alone. Out of the more than 20 million people with substance use problems, painkiller usage makes up a decent percentage. And painkillers and such methods of pain management can often lead to worse, as up to 80% of all heroin users actually first started out with painkillers before eventually making the switch over to heroin (typically due to the fact that heroin is much easier to find and pay for on a regular basis).
But addiction is a treatable condition, and there is help for those suffering from it. A fast detox at a detox center is possible, and even necessary should the patient in question wish to attend a rehab facility, as rehab facility residents typically must be detoxed by the time that they arrive and are checked in. At such a detox facility, the process of detox can be monitored and intervened with as is needed for the patient and their recovery.