Throughout adulthood, the busy nature of our modern lifestyles can lead to the neglect of our health and wellbeing. At Herrera Medical Group in Lewisville, TX, we stress the importance of internal medicine for adults. We serve multiple locations throughout Texas including Bedford, Benbrook, Lewisville, Boyd, and Justin. We are here to help address common questions relating to this branch of medicine, and why it matters so much in adulthood.
Keeping an Eye on Your Health: Why Internal Medicine Matters Throughout Adulthood
Support Your Body As It Ages
It is easy to fall into a pattern of accepting the status quo when it comes to your health and day to day life. The truth is that even as young adults, the body is aging. If the body’s wellbeing is neglected throughout adulthood, it can lead to worse health in your senior years. Practitioners of internal medicine can help you put your body on the right track.
By having health concerns addressed as early as possible, you are setting the stage for a healthier future. Our goal is to help our clients aim for good health that will last them throughout adulthood and well into their golden years. The longevity of your health will help you be able to enjoy life to its fullest potential, and remain active and healthy as you age.
Have Minor Illnesses Addressed Before They Worsen
One of the most amazing things about the human body and mind is its ability to adapt. However, this can also lead to us neglecting our health. One example of this would be when the warning signs our body gives us are ignored. After these warning signs are ignored for long enough, they can be seen and accepted as “normal” when they really should be addressed.
The fear of finding out that something’s wrong can sometimes prevent clients from looking into these “red flags.” This response is understandable, as it can be tempting to convince yourself that this concern will be fine on its own, or just go away. However, the longer you wait to have minor illnesses or health concerns addressed, the longer treatment will be. The earlier you and your doctor know what the problem is, the easier it can be treated.
Detection and Treatment of Chronic Illness
Chronic illness is like a parasite, it can suck the energy out of life. The exhaustion that comes with chronic illness can make simple tasks seem insurmountable. Regardless of the underlying cause, our internists are passionate about applying the latest knowledge and technology into understanding what is going on with your body.
Sometimes more than one chronic illness can strike at once, and if that’s the case, we have the training to help reach a diagnosis so we can formulate the best individual treatment plan for you. We don’t want you to have to accept that this is just how it is, we want to help our patients towards a better future than just getting by.
An Internist Can Help You Prevent Disease in Your Body
It can be a challenge to make time for preventative care, but doing so can mean a world of difference in the long run. Not only will it help your internist find problems early on, but it can help us to potentially prevent these problems altogether. While the proverb, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” is an old one, it still stands true in many cases.
An internist can apply their education and experience as they take a step back and look at the big picture when it comes to your health and your lifestyle. We can help point out areas of concern and work together with you to support your health in the most effective way possible. Protecting your body now not only will help and benefit you in the present, but your future self will thank you.
Internists Are Equipped to Handle Both Rare and Common Illnesses of the Organ System
Whether you are dealing with a common issue or one that makes you feel alone in its rarity, a qualified internist can help. Internists must undergo significant schooling and training to achieve their title, and at Herrera Medical Group we pool all of this knowledge and experience together to make a powerful group of dedicated professionals.
We are specifically trained to recognize symptoms that might otherwise go unnoticed. So, no matter what you are facing, our passionate team will work tirelessly to help you. From consultation to diagnosis and treatment, we will be with you for every step of the process as we help you achieve a happier and healthier future.
Internists Are Excellent Puzzle Solvers
Sometimes getting to the bottom of a health issue can be tiring and frustrating. Having a mystery illness can cause clients to lose hope as they bounce around to different doctors and dietitians trying to find answers. Many people have given up on finding answers entirely, leading them to live with an illness that they don’t even have a name for.
The good news is that internists are great at solving puzzles. We recognize the importance of having an answer, both for your personal sake and for the sake of your health. Internists can piece together clues as they work to discover what could be causing your symptoms. Then, after coming to one or multiple diagnoses, we can help you figure out the next step in your treatment plan.
Internal Medicine FAQ:
1. What Exactly Is Internal Medicine?
Internal medicine is focused on internal disease within the organs of the body. This branch of medicine, rather than being limited to one or a couple of organs, demands extensive training on the health and functionality of the entire organ system. Its practitioners usually treat adults, although some also choose to receive training in pediatrics.
2. What Is an Internist?
An internist is a physician that practices this specific branch of medicine. Many adults, when they go to a doctor, are actually visiting a family physician. To compare, family physicians are generally trained to look at health issues within the context of a family unit. An Internist is trained to tackle individual health concerns that may be especially difficult to diagnose.
3. What Are the Most Common Areas of Concern an Internist Can Address?
An internist’s substantial training allows them to diagnose and treat the many different ailments affecting the organ system. Their training helps prepare them to not only treat the most common organ illnesses but also helps them to recognize the more uncommon illnesses. They are also trained to know what it looks like if there are multiple ailments affecting a patient.
Mental Health and Problems Regarding the Nervous System
The brain is often considered the most important organ of the human body. There is a lot of stigma surrounding mental health, and one of the issues we often see is a mentality of “toughing it out” instead of having mental health issues treated. Like any organ of the body, the brain and the nervous system can have issues that can lead to many impairing symptoms.
At Herrera Medical Group, we treat illnesses affecting your mental health and nervous system with the respect and compassion you deserve. We don’t believe anyone suffering from mental health issues should suffer in silence.
Multiple Conditions Affecting the Skin
The largest organ we have is the organ we see every day – our skin. Dermatology has to do with the treatment of skin as well as nails and hair. Some of the most common issues affecting skin can include:
- Cold sores
- Psoriasis and Eczema
- Melanoma or basal cell carcinoma
Another illness that an internist can help diagnose is Lupus. Lupus flare-ups can cause rashes on the skin, so a patient may come in looking for a dermatology appointment, not knowing they have undiagnosed Lupus. Lupus is an autoimmune disorder that is usually treated with lifestyle adjustments and addressing symptoms as they arise.
Men and Women’s Overall and Reproductive Health
An internist not only is familiar with the organs we all have, but they can also specialize in the care of reproductive organs. There are many issues and ailments that can affect a patient’s reproductive organs. These ailments not only affect the patient’s reproductive health, they can also affect the rest of the body.
Substance abuse, such as alcohol use disorders, can play a significant role in the functioning of the organ system as a whole. Substance abuse can lead to liver, heart, and brain damage.
Apart from the role it plays in the body’s physical health, substance abuse can also lead to mental health disorders and emotional distress to the patient. Substance abuse often decreases a person’s quality of life and lifespan and can cause fractures within the individual’s personal life. An internist can help you overcome the hurdle of substance abuse so you can live a fuller, more free life.
Eye and Ear Concerns
Issues regarding the ears and eyes can cause many different symptoms of varying severity. It’s important to have these symptoms looked into by an internist, especially if the symptoms are persisting or worsening over time. Internists can look at the body as a whole and help prevent a misdiagnosis when it comes to tricky ailments with similar symptoms.
Many symptoms affecting the eyes and ears do have a common cause and a quick fix, but others can be indicative of a more serious underlying health concern. A meeting with your internist can help make that determination, so you know you aren’t ignoring a symptom that needs to be treated before it develops into something more severe.
General Internal Organ Concerns
Internal organs are part of a vast and complex system, and problems affecting one can sometimes cause symptoms in another. Internal organ problems can include food allergies or autoimmune disorders such as celiac disease. It could be chronic pain that you’ve been struggling to pin-point, or an issue relating to your heart or lungs.
Getting down to the root of the issue is key when it comes to organ health. No matter what organ is being affected, or whether the issue appears big or small, an internist can help give your body the support it needs to support you. When you give your body what it needs throughout your adult life, you’ll find yourself more able to live and enjoy life on your terms.
Support Your Body by Setting Up an Appointment With an Internist Today
No matter the concern, if you’re ready to have it addressed by an extensively trained and compassionate team of internists, reach out to Herrera Medical Group in Lewisville, TX today. Our team’s passion for your health is backed by the capability and experience needed to help set you and your body up for years of success.