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Chronic Immunological and Neurological Diseases

Affinity Health is the leading provider of high-quality health cover. This May, Affinity Health encourages awareness of Chronic Immunological and Neurological Diseases (CIND).


Health experts raise public awareness of CIND to pioneer health education. Patient support groups, healthcare professionals and affected families benefit from learning more.


Chronic Immunological and Neurological Diseases include:

Other illnesses that fall under the CIND umbrella include:

  • Addison’s disease
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Autism
  • Celiac Disease
  • Chronic Myofascial Pain
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS)
  • Lupus
  • Lyme disease
  • Mould/biotoxin illness
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Orthostatic Intolerance (OI)
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Postural Orthostatic Tachy

“These illnesses lead to cognitive difficulties,” says Murray Hewlett, Affinity Health CEO. “Other issues include:

  • Persistent muscular
  • Joint pain
  • Acute fatigue
  • Reduced mobility.”


Immunological and neurological disorders are the leading cause of disability. They are also the second leading cause of death.

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

ME/CFS is a severe chronic condition. Physical exertion exacerbates chronic symptoms. Patients with CFS experience unexplained physical and mental exhaustion. They also endure muscle and joint pain.


Adults must have symptoms for at least six months. Children must have symptoms for at least three months before making a diagnosis.


The Effects of COVID-19

It is vital to understand the impacts of post-COVID symptoms on ME/CFS patients. COVID-19 can result in protracted illness. Even in adults who do not have underlying chronic medical issues.



FM is a chronic musculoskeletal pain illness. FM often leads to fatigue, sleep, memory, and mood problems. Fibromyalgia exacerbates painful sensations. It interferes with how your brain and spinal cord handle pain.


Symptoms often manifest following a traumatic event. Physical trauma, surgery, illness, or prolonged psychological stress may develop. In other cases, symptoms develop over time without a single precipitating incident.


Women are more prone than males to getting fibromyalgia. Many patients who have fibromyalgia also suffer from tension headaches. Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) issues, irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety, and depression also occur.


While fibromyalgia has no cure, numerous medications can help control symptoms. Exercise, relaxation, and stress-reduction techniques may also be beneficial.

Treatment for Chronic Immunological and Neurological Diseases

Patient awareness of the sickness is critical. Patients learn to manage their illness through various techniques. Medical treatment, self-care and a healthy lifestyle help patients live with CNID. It consists of the following:

  • Regular exercise
  • Rest
  • Enough sleep
  • Appropriate eating habits
  • Avoidance of known environmental irritants
  • Cognitive-behavioural therapy and pharmaceutical treatment may occur in conjunction with medical consultation

About Affinity Health

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