It is important that people with chronic illnesses are continuously encouraged and motivated to keep fighting and pushing themselves to be healthy. By doing this, they will, in turn, be able to get the most out of their lives while maintaining their independence as much as possible. This will also result in higher self-confidence and help them to set healthy boundaries between themselves and their caregivers. Today we will be exploring a bit of information and tips on how to cope with chronic illnesses that will help you lead a normal life.

Understanding chronic illnesses

There are many people who experience symptoms of popular chronic illnesses, but are unaware of what they are going through. Due to this, they end up living without treatment for long periods of time, strengthening the disease without knowing. These illnesses can develop from simple things, such as what you eat or even your environment. Some may experience intense, continuous or frequent exposure to chemicals and develop illnesses because they are unaware that they are sensitive to them. People who suffer from these environmental illnesses most get sick and start to portray a wide range of debilitating symptoms in a variety of organs. If the illness is still not recognised and exposure continues, then the symptoms may worsen and develop into a more fatal condition.

Know when to Consult a Doctor

If you identify symptoms that you are not used to having, cause you concern or is said to be related to a chronic illness, then consult your doctor immediately. There are many symptoms that may be related to more than one illness, so it is vital that you contact your doctor to get a proper diagnosis. It is recommended that you contact your doctor as soon as you recognise the symptoms, as it is often easier to treat the illness at its early stages.

Here are a few common symptoms and illnesses that you can look out for:

Central Nervous System Problems  – tiredness, anxiety, headaches, confusion, forgetfulness, depression, hyperactivity, lack of sleep, dizzy spells

Gastrointestinal – swelling of belly or stomach, upset stomach, constipation, cramping of the belly, diarrhoea

Genitourinary – frequent urination, incontinence in urine

Skin – bruises, spots, bumps, rashes, hives

Walk, if possible

Taking a walk frequently can assist you with maintaining healthy lungs, heart and brain. Try to walk, or even exercise, a minimum of three times per week and ensure that you do it at a pace that will not hurt you. Know your current fitness level and what you can handle. Start off slowly then work your way up as you progress.

Get confirmation from your local GP that it is alright for you to take on vigorous exercises before doing so and put your safety first. Your doctor will let you know what type of exercise he/she believes you can handle and also what exercises to avoid. Try to also maintain frequent visits with your doctor after you have begun working out, so that you can keep track of your vitals while keeping fit.