chronic and acute illnessChronic and Acute Illness

Woodlands Functional Family Medicine is here to treat the whole patient, including chronic and acute illness.

Acute illnesses usually develop suddenly and last only a short time, often a few days or weeks.

Chronic conditions develop slowly and may worsen over an extended period of time, months to years.

Did you forget to let us know in your medical history or list of recent symptoms? If you suffer from one of these illnesses, come in and we will create a treatment plan.

A short list of these conditions includes


  • ADD/ADHD:  ADHD, formerly called Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) stands for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, a condition with symptoms such as inattentiveness, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. The symptoms differ from person to person. WebMD: ADHD
  • addictions:  Chronic, relapsing disorders characterized by compulsive drug seeking, continued use despite harmful consequences, and long-lasting changes in the brain. addiction
  • allergies: Allergies occur when your immune system reacts to a foreign substance — such as pollen, bee venom or pet dander — or a food that doesn’t cause a reaction in most people. Your immune system produces substances known as antibodies. Mayo Clinic
  • anxiety: Anxiety is a normal and often healthy emotion, but disorders lead to excessive nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worry. Anxiety: Medical News Today
  • Asperger and autism spectrum: Distinguished from classic autism, Asperger’s Disorder has less severe symptoms and the absence of language delays. Autism Society
  • asthma: A condition in which your airways narrow and swell and may produce extra mucus.  Mayo Clinic: Asthma
  • autoimmune diseases: A condition in which your immune system mistakenly attacks your body. Healthline: Autoimmune diseases


  • chronic constipation: Infrequent bowel movements or difficult passage of stools that persists for several weeks or longer. Mayo Clinic: chronic constipation
  • chronic fatigue syndrome: A complicated disorder characterized by extreme fatigue that lasts for at least six months and that can’t be fully explained by an underlying medical condition. Mayo Clinic: chronic fatigue syndrome


  • depression: A mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest and can interfere with your daily functioning. Mayo Clinic: depression



  • fibromyalgia: Widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues.  Mayo Clinic: fibromyalgia


  • insomnia: A sleep disorder in which you have trouble falling and/or staying asleep. WebMD: insomnia
  • irritable bowel syndrome: A common disorder that affects the large intestine. Signs and symptoms include cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, and diarrhea or constipation, or both. Mayo Clinic: irritable bowel syndrome




  • obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD): A mental health disorder that occurs when a person gets caught in a cycle of obsessions and compulsions. Obsessions are unwanted, intrusive thoughts, images, or urges that trigger intensely distressing feelings. Compulsions are behaviors an individual engages in to attempt to get rid of the obsessions and/or decrease his or her distress. International OCD Foundation



  • toxic exposure: Toxic substances may cause harm to an individual if they enter the body. The most common route of exposure is through inhalation (breathing it into the lungs). CCOHS: toxic exposure

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