10 Things to Know About Chronic Illness
1. Doctors don’t always understand or recognize chronic illness.
Psychiatric care was prescribed years ago to the chronically ill. To this day, many individuals must spend time finding a doctor “who gets it.”
2. Homebound does not equate to rejuvenating vacation time.
Suffice it to say, that downtime is not a desired state to be in. The challenge some have of simply getting out of bed should never be confused by anyone with taking a break from working.
3. Chronic illness strains the predictability of emotions.
Due to the burden of financial issues, family dynamics, and the general hope for remedy, the biochemical issues associated with chronic illness are further taxed.
4. The symptoms of chronic illness are very complex.
The range varies widely case by case, but common symptoms include exhaustion, dizziness, brain fog, pain, and nausea. The frequency, timing, and duration are often unpredictable.
5. Tiredness may be an understatement.
Severe fatigue may be more accurate. It may cause a total disruption of planned activities or may come on as a result of planned activities requiring the individual to take an improbable amount of time to recover.
6. Pain is a common denominator that most individuals experience.
Headaches, joint pain, and back pain are just a few examples.
7. Brain fog adds to the challenge.
Those who deal with brain fog have difficulty in communicating. Concentrating and remembering are also challenges which strain the daily lifestyle of the individual.
8. Dangerous infections pose a higher risk.
A common cold can become an infection which is dangerous to the individual. The person’s immune system simply cannot fight the infection as it normally would.
9. Certain foods and smells often create sensitivity.
Symptoms lasting anywhere from hours to months may be exacerbated by certain foods such as sugar, gluten, alcohol—to name but a few. Likewise odors from perfumes, cleaning agents, smoke, etc may cause inflammations.
10. Coping with chronic illness is an ongoing battle.
A disciplined lifestyle is required to cope with chronic illness. Indulging in foods which cause an inflammation or not getting adequate rest will backfire more often than not with a period of time which may seem unforgivable.
By understanding the repercussions of not following specific lifestyle practices prescribed to help cope with chronic illness, those living with chronically illness and their support system will have a better map of the road ahead and how to navigate it as well as possible.