Chronic pain and illness can make any day a challenge, but throw in holiday stress and expectations, and it can push your already overburdened body to the limit. The good news is proper self-care can help you manage your pain and fatigue.
Health & Wellness
Thanksgiving kicks off the holiday season, and with it, festive times with friends and family. However, for those living with chronic illness, unrealistic expectations, travel difficulties, and busy schedules can add up to increased pain and fatigue.
Not long ago, during a time when stress and fatigue had taken their toll on my body, I booked a weekend away, and watched breathtaking sunsets, delighted the frolicking of in deer, and sat for hours in a red Adirondack chair. It was healing.
Those fighting chronic pain are currently going through “The Great Withdrawal,” as physicians cut medication in response to new theories and new laws. The result is that chronic pain patients are experiencing difficult times.
Chronic pain, like any other kind of pain, is really an information issue. The brain senses something is very awry. We then call that feeling pain. And our sense of pain may have nothing to do with medical test results.
Chronic fatigue syndrome wrecks people’s lives—physicially, socially, and economically. Looking normal yet being unable to think or work causes enormous hardship, compounded by many doctors who think the illness does not really exist.
Hearing loss isn’t a harmless condition to be ignored. It often coexists with other serious health problems, like heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and depression. And a growing body of research indicates there may be a link.
Nearly 66 million Americans provide care for a seriously ill, disabled or aging person. This can be a real challenge, particularly when that person has been diagnosed with a chronic illness. Here are some tips that will make the process easier.
I’ve walked through process of recovering from loss probably hundreds of times; and if you’re living with chronic illness, you probably have too. While it never gets easier, there are things you can do to move through recovery in a healthy way.
Healthy lifestyle choices can reduce your risk of most common chronic diseases by 80 percent. But what if you already have a chronic illness? There are still plenty of reasons to make healthy lifestyle choices—and it’s easier than you might think.