Chronic Disease Management in Fairlawn, OH
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What Is Chronic Disease Management?
Have you been suffering from a chronic illness for years? Perhaps, you have tried conventional medicine but have found that it isn't providing the relief you need. Board-certified family physician Dr. Leslee McElrath offers chronic disease management through holistic methods for people in Fairlawn, OH who have a long-term or recurring health condition, like diabetes, thyroid disease, arthritis, or a gastrointestinal disorder. While chronic diseases typically cannot be cured, their symptoms can be reduced by targeting their underlying cause. To improve the way you feel and function in everyday life, schedule an appointment at Monarch Ideal Care today.
Am I a Candidate for Chronic Disease Management?
Candidates for this treatment often include those diagnosed with chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, arthritis, gastrointestinal disorders, or autoimmune disorders. Patients looking for a way to improve their quality of life while managing a chronic illness may benefit from a comprehensive chronic disease management plan. Additionally, those with certain risk factors such as a family history of chronic diseases or lifestyle-related concerns may also be candidates. The commitment to making lifestyle changes, adherence to prescribed medications, and active participation in their healthcare are essential for patients considering chronic disease management. During a comprehensive consultation, Dr. McElrath will conduct a thorough evaluation of your medical history, current health status, symptoms, and more in order to develop a personalized management strategy tailored to your individual needs and goals.
What to Expect After Chronic Disease Management
Following the initiation of your chronic disease management plan, you can expect to have regular follow-up appointments with Dr. McElrath to monitor your progress and make any adjustments to dosing or other aspects of your treatment as necessary. While outcomes can vary based on the condition being managed, the patient's adherence to their treatment plan, and other factors, many patients can expect to achieve a consistent improvement in their symptoms, including the potential for pain relief, improved mobility, boosted energy levels, and a better quality of life overall.
What are the Benefits of Chronic Disease Management?
The symptoms of a chronic disease can often disrupt a patient's everyday life, causing discomfort, fatigue, pain, difficulty sleeping, and many other challenges. Not only that, but managing the symptoms of a chronic disease can be complex and even overwhelming on your own. Partnering with our knowledgeable and caring team for the management of your chronic disease offers a number of benefits, including:
- Customized treatment and care plan
- Medically supervised disease and symptom management
- Increases safety and reduces risks
- Ongoing guidance, support, and progress monitoring
- Establishes a long-term relationship with a provider who becomes familiar with your history and can better manage your symptoms over time
- Helps you achieve reliable symptom relief for an improved overall quality of life
How Are Chronic Diseases Treated?
During a consultation at our Fairlawn, OH office, Dr. McElrath will assess your medical history, current health, and symptoms to get an idea of how your chronic disease is affecting you. She will then focus on identifying the underlying cause of your chronic condition, as well as lifestyle habits that may be exacerbating your symptoms so she can craft a custom treatment plan. Individual factors of your chronic disease management plan will depend on the condition you have been diagnosed with. Treatment may include hormone replacement therapy, nutritional guidance, dietary supplements, lifestyle modifications, meditation, massage therapy, and follow-up visits to provide additional support and monitor your progress.
How Are Chronic Diseases Diagnosed?
Chronic diseases are diagnosed through a combination of methods, typically involving a detailed medical history, physical examinations, and various screenings and tests, which provide crucial context for diagnosis. The process depends on the type of chronic disease being diagnosed. Here's a general overview:
1. Medical History: Usually the first step involves the doctor asking about symptoms, family medical history, lifestyle habits (like diet, exercise, smoking, and alcohol use), and previous health issues.
2. Physical Examination: A thorough physical exam might include checking for physical signs of illness (like swelling or redness), measuring vital signs (such as blood pressure and temperature), and evaluating organ function.
3. Laboratory Tests: Blood, urine, and other body fluids can be tested to look for abnormalities that might indicate a chronic disease.
4. Imaging Tests: X-rays, CT scans, MRI scans, ultrasound, and other imaging technologies can provide detailed pictures of the inside of the body to help identify abnormalities like tumors, bone density loss in osteoporosis, or blockages in blood vessels.
5. Biopsy: In some cases, a biopsy (taking a small sample of tissue for examination under a microscope) is necessary to diagnose conditions like cancer.
6. Specialized Tests: Screenings are available for common health conditions like high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes and there are specialized tests, such as a mammography for breast cancer, colonoscopy or stool testing for colorectal cancer, Pap smear for cervical cancer, a computed tomography (CT) scan for lung cancer, an ECG (electrocardiogram) for heart disease, spirometry for lung diseases like COPD, or endoscopy for gastrointestinal diseases.
Monarch Ideal Care Reviews
I have been seeing Dr. Leslee as a patient for a few months now. She’s great, she listens to my concerns with a professional, but relaxed approach. I will continue to refer patients to her because her bedside manner and knowledge set her apart.
Dr. McElrath is the epitome of a patient focused physician. She always makes me feel heard and extremely comfortable no matter why I'm in the office. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a new physician.
Dr McElrath has set the standard all Doctors should strive in patient care. Bedside manner and benevolence in her astute care of myself and wife has been above the board. Patience and LISTENING are the first I recognized in her presence. Extremely knowledgeable in down to earth way. And she handled me being silly quite excellently. 🙃 Dr McElrath we are so grateful. Humbly Gallaghers
I will definitely be returning, I had a pleasant experience staff are friendly and informative, the hormones really gave me the boost that I needed, I would like to see more advertisements about hormone replacement therapy so that woman can start having conversations about hormones and age related changes without feeling embarrassed.
I love this practice! As an introvert, I appreciate the small office setting without a waiting room filled with other patients; it makes going to the doctor feel more personal because there aren't a bunch of people waiting ahead of you and the doctor isn't stressed out because of being behind on appointments or anything like that. Dr. McElrath is a great doctor and genuinely seems to care about her patients' needs and wellbeings; she's also very laidback, and it's really easy to talk to her about things. She always has great recommendations for products that can improve your health (like vitamins/supplements, foods, and even safer cleaning products) --- she is NOT the kind of doctor who will just push all sorts of medication onto you, which is greatly appreciated. Scheduling is super easy, as it is all online. You can schedule up to 3 weeks out, I believe. This practice does offer times later in the evening for those who work during the day, but available times depend on whether you are a subscription patient or a Medicaid patient. Online, you can also access your patient portal and update certain parts of your profile to keep your doctor in-the-know about your general wellbeing outside of appointments. You can view lab results, documents, questionnaires, and all kinds of other helpful info. It's pretty neat! I am 100% supportive of this doctor's office and truly believe in its ability to help and benefit its patients. If you hate crowded waiting rooms and want a more personalized experience and a doctor who cares (and incorporates online technology into their practice), this is the place for you!
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What Are the Symptoms of Chronic Disease?
Each individual chronic illness will bring about its own specific set of symptoms. However, most will also induce pain, fatigue, mood disorders, and other invisible symptoms. If you have been suffering from the same set of symptoms for an extended period of time, consider scheduling an appointment at Monarch Ideal Care. Our talented team is highly trained in identifying the cause of these symptoms and setting our patients on the fastest road to recovery.
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Get Help Managing Your Condition
At Monarch Ideal Care, board-certified family physician Dr. Leslee McElrath will work to address the root cause of your chronic condition rather than just treat the symptoms. From nutrition and lifestyle guidance to integrative therapies, she is dedicated to supporting your health journey. Schedule a visit at our Fairlawn, OH office to get your customized treatment plan started.
Chronic Disease Management FAQs
Which chronic diseases can be managed at Monarch Ideal Care?
During your initial consultation, Dr. McElrath will work with you to determine whether chronic disease management may be appropriate and effective for your particular condition or symptoms. Some of the most common chronic diseases we help patients manage include diabetes, thyroid disease, arthritis, and GI disorders.
What treatments are included in a chronic disease management plan?
Each chronic disease management plan will be fully customized based on the patient's specific condition, symptoms, overall health, personal preferences, and other variables. At Monarch Ideal Care, we provide a range of holistic and therapeutic chronic disease management options, including bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, nutritional guidance, dietary supplements, lifestyle modification recommendations, and others.
How long does a chronic disease management plan last?
Because chronic diseases can be so unique and affect patients in a number of different ways, each chronic disease management plan will vary in terms of what's included, how long treatment may last, and other aspects. In some cases, patients may continue their symptom management on their own after a few months with ongoing diet and lifestyle modifications, while other patients may choose to continue their chronic disease management plan with BHRT and other treatments for many years or even longer.