Many diseases have both physical and psychological signs. There are also several conditions that can cause patients to exhibit physical symptoms similar to a variety of psychological disorders. Some of them are vitamin and mineral deficiencies, chronic infections, heart dysfunctions, cancers, hypo- and hyperthyroidism, substance abuse, and parasites. Plus, there is the possibility of having different illnesses at the same time (comorbidity).
Illnesses of the mind and body are the result of some sort of significant chemical imbalance. That is why medications, supplements, and dietary changes—-elements that affect chemical reactions in the body and brain—–can cause a return to more stable health. Also, both usually have genetic components that are impacted by upbringing, environment, and lifestyle. Again, this is why adjustments in these areas often benefit the overall health of the patient.
No one knows your mind and body as well as you do. You have lived with it your whole life, and it is full of secrets that affect everything you are and how you act. We know that the mind and body are very intertwined. Everyday phrases like “laughing until you cry,“ “so mad you can’t see straight,“ “breathless with excitement,“ and “trembling with fear” emphasize this seemingly obvious relationship. Even though medical science has more questions than answers about the “mind-body” connection, NEVER should anyone begin treatment of a medically unconfirmed illness based on personal research alone.
The need for a comprehensive physical and mental examination, along with laboratory tests, cannot be overemphasized. However, many who are in desperate need of such services do not have adequate insurance or employment. There are professionals in the Sioux Falls medical community who are happy to assist individuals and their families find more affordable treatment options. Falls Community Health and Sanford Laboratories are among those who offer sliding fee scales, payment options, and financial assistance. Determination, honest communication, and “swallowing one’s pride” can lead to good healthcare. Stick with it, ask questions, and cooperate. What have you got to lose?
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