How to Know When You’re Experiencing Inflammation

Inflammation is the process through which the body’s white blood cells protect it against illness, infection, or injury. There are also two types of inflammation: acute inflammation and chronic inflammation. Acute inflammation is necessary to heal the body and has signs like pain, redness, warmth, or swelling. During chronic inflammation, on the other hand, an individual is only aware that he or she has inflammation when symptoms start to occur. Chronic inflammation is the problem type as it occurs if the body’s immune system is trying to fend off an infection but is not succeeding. On that premise, the following article presents several common indications of a chronic inflammatory condition.

Body Pain 

Joint pains and muscle aches are examples of body pain that are caused by systemic inflammation. When inflammatory cytokines are found in high levels in the body, they can attack joints or muscles, which may result in redness, swelling, and pain, to mention a few. 

Skin Rashes

Skin rashes, such as psoriasis and eczema, are characterized by flaky, red, and rough skin and are considered inflammatory skin conditions. Both of these skin conditions are related to a hypersensitivity of the body’s immune system. In addition to that, individuals with psoriasis or eczema are also more likely to have inflammatory mast cells that trigger skin rashes to the surface when activated. 

Excessive Production of Mucus

To protect epithelial cells in the respiratory system, mucous membranes produce phlegm, which is a thick substance, that results in coughing, a runny nose, and sneezing. 

Low Energy

Constant feelings of fatigue despite getting enough sleep could indicate that the body is trying to fend off chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation requires a lot of cellular energy, which depletes the necessary fuel that the organism needs to stay energized.

Poor Digestion

Digestion problems, such as bloating, constipation, abdominal pain, and loose stool, can also indicate a chronic inflammation condition. Chronic inflammation can cause toxins and bacteria to leak through the intestines’ walls into the rest of the body: this leaky gut issue further powers chronic inflammation and digestive problems.

Questions Every Doctor Wants You to Ask

Have you ever struggled to ask questions at the doctor’s office? You’re not alone. In fact, it is known as the “doorknob phenomenon.” A patient will wait until the last possible second – when the physician’s hand is on the doorknob, ready to leave – when they will ask a question that’s been on their mind.

Doctors want you to be proactive and ask questions during your visit. Whether you’re asking about your treatment, side effects of a prescription, or other topics that concern you, your doctor wants to hear you out. There is no such thing as a dumb question, especially in regards to your health.

Here are 6 questions your doctor wants you to ask.

  1. I researched my symptoms, but what do you think?

In the digital age, doctors expect that patients might research symptoms online before a visit to discuss those symptoms. It is not a fact you have to hide. Telling your doctor what you found online can open the door for honest communication. By knowing what you read, a doctor can put your mind at ease by correcting any misinterpretations of the online information.

  1. What online resources are best for learning about medical information?

Not all online information is accurate (shocking, I know). The doctor will appreciate that you’re so invested in your health. Almost any physician or nurse can provide you with trustworthy internet resources to research medical information specific to your situation.

  1. What should I do before my next visit?

Preventative care is the best way to take control of your health. By asking your doctor what areas of your health need some extra TLC, you can potentially prevent problems in the future. Of course, following through with advice the doctor gives is equally as important as asking the question.

  1. Why am I taking this medication?

Asking specific questions about your medication can give you insight into your treatment process. Sometimes doctors expect patients to blindly trust their judgment, but they also want you to understand what you’re taking and why you’re taking it.

  1. How many patients like me have you treated?

This question is especially important if you’re seeing a specialist for a serious disease or disorder. Having confidence in your doctor’s expertise and experience can put you at ease. For example, if you have a complex cancer case, you want to be sure you’re receiving the best treatment possible.

  1. Is (this symptom) normal for my condition?

Whether it is a rash, bowel issue or any other symptom, telling your doctor is key for your treatment plan and overall wellbeing. I can guarantee that even “embarassing” symptoms won’t phase your doctor. A symptom that you may consider benign could raise red flags for a physician.

During your next doctor’s visit, I hope you feel comfortable enough to ask some of these questions. Your doctor expects, and even encourages, curiosity. Your health is your business, and is something that you should be fully aware of at all times.

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