advocate – one who supports or promotes the interests of a cause or group

atypical – not representative of a type, group, or class

autoimmune – of, relating to or caused by autoantibodies or T cells that attack molecules, cells, or tissues of the organism producing them

autonomic – relating to, affecting, or controlled by the autonomic nervous system or its effects or activity



body – the organized physical substance of an animal or plant either living or dead



cancer – a malignant tumor of potentially unlimited growth that expands locally by invasion and systemically by metastasis

caregiver – a person who provides direct care

chronic – continuing or occurring again and again for a long time

chronic illness – an unhealthy condition of body or mind that continues or occurs again and again for a long time

chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) – is a lung disease characterized by chronic obstruction of lung airflow that interferes with normal breathing and is not fully reversible

chronic venous insufficiency – is a condition that occurs when the venous wall and/or valves in the leg veins are not working effectively, making it difficult for blood to return to the heart form the legs.

complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) – formerly known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), is a chronic pain condition that may result in extreme sensitivity and pain to the hands and elbows or knees and legs



diagnosis – the art or act of identifying a disease from its signs and symptoms

disease – a condition of the living animal or plant body or of one of its parts that impairs normal functioning and is typically manifested by distinguishing signs and symptoms

disorder – to disturb the regular or normal function of



ehlers-danlos syndrome – a heritable disorder of connective tissue that is characterized by easy bruising, joint hypermobility, skin laxity, and weakness of tissues.

emergency room – a hospital room or area staffed and equipped for the reception and treatment of persons requiring immediate medical care

endometriosis – a condition resulting from the appearance of endometrial tissue outside the uterus and causing pelvic pain





genetics – a branch of biology that deals with the heredity and variation of organisms



healing – to make free from injury or disease

health – the condition of being sound in body, mind, or spirit

health care system – relating to all general health care provider locations including; hospitals, clinics, offices, health universities, etc.

healthcare – efforts made to maintain or restore physical, mental, or emotional well-being especially by trained and licensed professionals


injury – an act that damages or hurts







lupus – any of various diseases or conditions marked by inflammation of the skin



medical – of, relating to, or concerned with physicians or the practice of medicine

medical expenses – any cost incurred in the prevention or treatment of an injury or illness

medical records – A chronological written account of a patient’s examination and treatment that includes the patient’s medical history and complaints, the physician’s physical findings, the results of diagnostic tests and procedures, and medications and therapeutic procedures.

medication – a medicinal substance

medicinal – tending or used to cure disease or relieve pain

migraines – a severe recurring headache, usually affecting only one side of the head, that is characterized by sharp, throbbing pain and is often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light and visual disturbances



nuance – a subtle distinction or variation





pain – usually localized physical suffering associated with bodily disorder

postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) – is a condition in which a change from lying to standing causes an abnormally large increase in heart rate

primary care provider – a health care practitioner who sees people that have common medical problems

procedure – a particular way of accomplishing something or of acting





remission – the act or process of remitting

remitting – to give relief from



sickness – ill health

surgery – a branch of medicine concerned with diseases and conditions requiring or amenable to operative or manual procedures



test – something for measuring the skill, knowledge, intelligence, capacities, or aptitudes of an individual or group

treating – to deal with

treatment – the act or manner or an instance of treating someone or something



urgent care – medical care provided for illnesses or injuries which require prompt attention but are typically not of such seriousness as to require the services of an emergency room