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We want to make it easier to live your life while living with a chronic disease.
You can’t just clock out when it comes to managing and caring for your health when you have a chronic disease. Of course, implementing certain strategies and lifestyle adjustments can make all the difference. Here in Woodbridge, VA, our physician Dr. Deana Al-Khateeb wants to make it easier for patients with chronic diseases to live life to the fullest without having to worry about exhaustion, poor sleep, chronic pain, and even depression. Here are some simple tips for living well with a chronic disease.
Make sure you’re drinking enough water
Most Americans do not get enough water. While it can certainly help quell your thirst, drinking water also offers a variety of other benefits including reducing brain fog, boosting your energy, and flushing out toxins.
If you aren’t drinking at least 64 ounces of water (eight, 8-ounce glasses) every day (more so, if you are an active individual) you must start. You can do so by simply setting reminders on your phone to drink water throughout the day, carrying a large water bottle around with you, or making sure that you are drinking water with each meal.
Alter your diet
If you are living with a chronic disease, then perhaps our Woodbridge, VA, doctor has already tested you for certain vitamin and nutritional deficiencies. This problem is common in those with chronic conditions. Of course, you may be interested in the role nutrition plays in your health and how certain foods can improve your wellbeing while other foods may exacerbate symptoms.
Everyone is different, so you may want to experiment with dietary and lifestyle changes including being vegetarian or vegan, avoiding gluten and dairy, or trying intermittent fasting. Talk with your doctor first before making drastic changes to your diet.
Take Time for Yourself
We’ve been hearing the word “self-care” thrown around a lot these days, but that’s because this is an important topic. We often get so busy with life that we forget to do things for ourselves. You must be carving out time to do something that feels good every day, whether it’s taking a mental break from social media for the month, taking a bubble bath in the evening, or participating in an online yoga class.
Practice Good Sleep Hygiene
Sleep is incredibly important for the health and function of our brain and bodies. In fact, most of our body’s healing takes place while we sleep. So, if you aren’t getting sufficient sleep, you may find yourself dealing with a flare-up of symptoms. Practicing good sleep hygiene can improve sleep quality. Some good sleep hygiene habits include,
- Going to bed at the same time every night and getting up at the same time each morning
- Turning off electronics about two hours before bedtime
- Creating a cold, dark environment to sleep in
- Taking time to wind down from the day and to prepare your body for sleep
- Avoiding any bright lights at night
If you are living with a chronic disease in Woodbridge, VA, know that the team at Ridgeview Internal Medicine can provide you with everything from advice and medications to a variety of therapies and alternative treatment options tailored to you and your needs. To schedule an appointment, call us at (703) 494-4116.
A lot of us take a wait and see attitude towards our health, more so if we're relatively young and ailment free. But waiting until something is wrong to see our doctor can drastically limit the types of treatments available. Take a more proactive approach toward your health with preventive care, to find out more get in contact with Dr. Deana Al-Khateeb of Ridgeview Internal Medicine in Woodbridge, VA.
Helping You Stay Healthy
Your health is impacted by several factors, and not all of them are under your direct control, but you can do something about them. Your doctor can help you better understand your risk factors and help you take the necessary steps if your genetics or environment increases your likelihood of disease.
It's why it's important not to wait until you feel symptoms that hint at something being wrong. Sometimes there won't be early warning signs that you can physically feel, but that your doctor can spot during a routine checkup. This is especially true for conditions like high blood pressure.
Developing a relationship with your physician also helps to build a record of your health. So that in case something does go wrong without warning, that you won't find yourself in a situation where you have to catch up with your doctor on all your pertinent details. Such as allergies and previous problems that might affect a diagnosis or treatment.
Preventive Care in Woodbridge, VA
As we get older, the more necessary that preventive medicine becomes. It's after the age of 50 that a number of important health screenings are often crucial. But routine checkups are important for everyone at every age, they're a good opportunity for you and your doctor to discuss your goals and how they can help you meet them. An annual checkup is usually what's recommended, but may vary depending on how old you are and if you suffer from chronic conditions, so to find out make your appointment today. Call Dr. Al-Khateeb of Ridgeview Internal Medicine in Woodbridge, VA, by dialing (703) 494-4116.
"One in 13 people have asthma, more than 25 million Americans," according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Deana Al-Khateeb of Ridgeview Internal Medicine in Woodbridge, VA, offers her patients information and asthma treatment options.
What is asthma?
Asthma is a chronic disease that affects lungs. People suffer from wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and coughing at night or early in the morning. The cause of asthma is unknown but it's believed to be genetic, environmental, and/or because of occupational factors.
How do you know if you have asthma?
Your physician can confirm if you suffer from asthma. Dr. Al-Khateeb will ask if you cough a lot, or if breathing worsens after physical activity. She will ask about chest tightness, wheezing, and colds lasting more than 10 days. Your physician will ask about family history with asthma, allergies, or other breathing problems.
There's also a breathing test, spirometry, to test how well your lungs are working. It tests how much air you can breathe out after taking a deep breath before and after using asthma medicine.
What is an asthma attack?
An attack is when the body’s airways constrict while air tries to move into your lungs. Less air reaches your lungs and mucous clogs up the airways, which is why people experience:
- chest tightness
- trouble breathing.
An asthma attack can happen when exposed to asthma triggers, like tobacco smoke, dust mites, outdoor air pollution, cockroach allergen, pets, mold, smoke from burning wood and/or grass.
How is asthma treated?
- Control asthma by avoiding triggers and keeping an eye out for warning signs of an asthma attack.
- Take your medicine exactly as your Woodbridge physician tells you.
- There are different medications, like those through inhalers or pills, so find out which is best for you.
Need more information about asthma?
Asthma can make life difficult but your Woodbridge, VA, physician can help. Dr. Deana Al-Khateeb of Ridgeview Internal Medicine can be reached at (703) 494-4116 if you'd like to make an appointment or have questions about asthma.
The Office on Women's Health estimates that up to 80 percent of women have uterine fibroids by the time they reach the age of 50. They are growths on or around the uterus that can become larger and more prevalent, especially in women who are in their reproductive years and menstruating. Get a better understanding of uterine fibroids, and what can cause fibroids in women when you visit a women’s health professional at Ridgeview Internal Medicine in Woodbridge, VA.
What Are Uterine Fibroids?
A fibroid is a usually benign muscular tumor that forms on the wall of the uterus. They are classified as submucosal (in the cavity of the uterus), intramural (within the uterus), and subserosal (outside the walls of the uterus). Fibroids are the reason why some women have bloated or larger bellies as they get older. Patients can have one or several fibroids of different sizes, and some can grow as large as a fist. Though fibroids are generally benign, they can cause discomfort and heavy bleeding when a woman is menstruating. They can also cause incontinence and pain in the lower back.
What Causes Fibroids?
While there is no definitive reason why fibroids form, there are a few possible contributing factors to consider:
- Many cases are genetic—it’s common for women in the same family, from different generations, to develop them.
- Hormonal imbalances may contribute to the development uterine fibroids.
- Diet, nutrition, and obesity may have an impact on fibroid formation.
Treatments for Fibroids
Fibroids can be treated by your Woodbridge, VA women’s health specialist in a number of ways. The treatment plan will depend on where the fibroid is located, its size, your symptoms, your age, and your desire to become pregnant in the future. These are some potential solutions:
- Medication to relieve pain, especially during periods of menstruation.
- Birth control to calm heavy bleeding or similar hormonal drugs.
- Surgical removal of fibroids (called a myomectomy) or removal of the uterine lining (endometrial ablation).
- A procedure called Uterine Fibroid Embolization, which deprives fibroids of their blood supply.
See a Women’s Health Doctor
At Ridgeview Internal Medicine in Woodbridge, VA, a women’s health doctor will be able to evaluate and treat your case of uterine fibroids. Call the office today at (703) 494-4116 to set a time for your upcoming visit with Dr. Deana Al-Khateeb.
Positive habits could protect you against developing certain serious and long-term conditions.
While genetics can certainly play a major role in what disorders or conditions you may develop, there are also a lot of lifestyle modifications that you have control over that can affect your health. Our Woodbridge, VA, physician Dr. Deana Al-Khateeb wants to do whatever possible to help YOU promote a healthier lifestyle in her patients. Here are some changes you can make to reduce your risk of developing certain chronic or severe illnesses.
Eat a Healthy Diet
What you eat provides your body with the vitamins and nutrients it needs to remain healthy, so it should come as no surprise that if you are eating processed foods or junk food that your body isn’t getting what it needs to function properly. A poor or lacking diet can lead to everything from obesity and chronic pain to diabetes and heart disease. Avoid junk foods and foods that are high in sugar and try to maintain a diet that is rich in lean proteins, whole grains, low-fat dairy, and fruits and fibrous vegetables.
Leading a sedentary lifestyle can also greatly impact your health and many people can blame sitting at a desk all day for their inactivity; however, getting daily exercise can reward you with a host of health benefits, from reducing stress and improving depressive symptoms to reducing your risk for heart disease. Getting about 30 minutes of exercise every day or most days of the week can greatly improve your health.
By now most people understand the serious repercussions that smoking can have on a person’s health. From increasing your chances for lung cancers to dealing with tooth loss, smoking or tobacco consumption is one of the worst habits that can lead to serious and long-term consequences. If you want to quit smoking but are having trouble ditching the habit for good talk to our Woodbridge, VA, doctor about different and effective methods to help you quit smoking.
Reduce Your Stress
Stress is one of the most detrimental issues for your health. It’s important that you find ways to combat your stress levels. This may include getting regular massage therapy, meditating or turning to yoga. If you are having trouble managing your stress talk to our doctor today.
Safeguard yourself from serious health concerns by visiting your Woodbridge, VA, doctor at least once a year for routine checkups and screenings. If it’s time to schedule your next visit call Ridgeview Internal Medicine today.