What to Do When Diagnosed With a Chronic Illness
The diagnosis of a chronic illness can be devastating and life changing. These disorders can often share symptoms like fatigue, pain, and concentration issues which affect how a person acts around family and friends. It also may alter one’s future plans and what they aspire to do with their lives. Chronic illnesses can cause dramatic changes which many people have difficulty understanding. There are currently no cures for these problems, although new treatments for symptom relief can emerge. Finding the right treatment can dramatically improve quality of life.
Find a Support System
One of the main difficulties of dealing with this type of illness is that it is often invisible to the outside world. Some people that are are sick and under intense duress, look completely normal to anyone observing from the outside. This can often add to the difficulty of these illnesses, as people can have trouble sympathizing with them. This is why finding a support system of people that understand the illness is so important. Being able to communicate honestly about symptoms, feelings, and treatments can help you stay positive. Sharing knowledge about what works and what doesn’t, can also help deal with difficult problems.
Find the Right Doctor
Having a good doctor is essential for getting proper treatment. Many chronic illnesses are poorly understood in mainstream medicine. Going to a general practitioner is often not the best way to be treated. Many times they will often not be able to diagnose it or treat it properly. These are very complicated, misunderstood diseases, that need specialized knowledge and the willingness of a doctor to prescribe medications that are controlled. A doctor that is not familiar with the disease may be reluctant to provide medications that can improve quality of life. It is not to the benefit of the patient to deal with a doctor that may not have the ability to provide proper care.
Learn As Much As Possible
Unfortunately with many chronic illnesses, leaving care completely in the hands of your doctor is not always the best idea. Many times doctors aren’t familiar with new treatments that are outside the realm of mainstream medicine. Learning about your disease and communicating with them about alternative treatments and supplementation is often helpful. Symptom relief is the goal of treating any chronic illness. Experimenting with new treatments (alternative or traditional) is important to finding the best strategy that will work for you.
It may be challenging to accept that things will be very different after your diagnosis. Your life just took a left turn, while your mind wants to continue going straight. The same path that you were on might not be possible while you are feeling ill. It is important to accept who you are now, and change you plans accordingly. You will still be able to accomplish many things, but you might just have to do it in a completely different way. If you are stuck at home, learning to interact on the internet, or even start a business online, can be a way that you can succeed without pushing yourself past your limits.
After being diagnosed with CFS, James started the website which focuses on illnesses that cause fatigue. It contains articles about chronic fatigue syndrome, adrenal problems, thyroid disorders, and sleep issues. James has plans to continue learning about chronic illness and will launch 2 more websites in the next year.
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