A chronic disease is a disease that is long lasting and persistent whereas an acute disease is short term and often goes away. Some examples of chronic disease are:
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Rheumatoid arthritis,osteoarthritis
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, pulmonary hypertension
- Chronic renal failure
- Diabetes mellitus
- Chronic hepatitis
- Autoimmune diseases, such as ulcerative colitis, lupus erythematosus, Crohn’s Disease and Coeliac Disease
- Cardiovascular diseases: heart failure, ischemic cardiopathy, cerebrovascular disease
- Sickle Cell Anemia
Symptomatic relief of these diseases can be attained but in most cases they cannot be ‘cured’ (with the exception of Cancer). A surprising number of people have a chronic disease, 1 in 2 people in America are reported as having a chronic disease.
My disease is Crohn’s Disease…what’s yours?