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Living with Complex Chronic Disease

We treat and manage Fibromyaligia, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic Lyme-Like  Syndrome, Multiple Chemical Sensitivities and related Central Sensitivity Syndromes.
What is CCD

CCDs are illnesses that are long in duration and often do not improve on their own.  In many cases, the causes of these diseases are unknown.

CCDs are called complex conditions because:

  • The factors involved in causing these conditions are not well understood.
  • The symptoms and effects of any CCD can vary greatly among people with the same condition.
  • The longer duration of a CCD can lead to other health complications. These can include physical problems such as weakness, fatigue, and difficulty with daily activities (functionality). 
  • Any long-term illness can impair relationships, education and career goals, and affect a person’s mental health.

With all of these conditions, there are no blood or other laboratory tests to confirm a diagnosis. These conditions are diagnosed according to the particular group of symptoms described by the patient.

Each person with a CCD will experience their disease in a unique way, with symptoms that may or may not exactly match the most common descriptions. The most helpful approach to treatment will identify patients’ needs according to their symptoms and day to day functionality.

Even if you have had a CCD for a long time, there are steps you can take to feel better and gradually improve your condition. Having your CCD diagnosed as early as possible will help with a better and more rapid recovery.


Helpful Resources

Disability
Legal Assistance
Diet and Nutrition
Physiotherapy
Community Services
Mental Health

Transportation

Taxation Advice
Educational Videos

Videos

At the Complex Chronic Diseases Program, we have an aim to make the education and resources offered in the program available to people around British Columbia and across Canada.  Here you will find videos on various topics that might assist you in managing your chronic illness.

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