Chronic health conditions are a growing health crisis. Not only are more preventable diseases and conditions ravaging our healthcare system, but they’re impacting the physical and mental well being of millions. Instead of brushing it under the carpet, we have to seriously consider how we take care of ourselves and those around us with chronic conditions and move the discussion into the real world.
Keep learning more
Take every opportunity you can to learn more about the chronic condition you or your loved one suffers. Most importantly, get to know the symptoms so you know which apply to existing conditions and which are new and shouldn’t be ignored. Many chronic conditions out there have support groups that offer not just emotional guidance but knowledge of what it’s like to live and cope with the condition. You might have to learn to check your blood pressure, track your blood sugar, monitor your pulse and more. The more you learn, the more you can direct your questions to your doctor and get the specific advice you need.
Demand more of your healthcare
If you’re living with someone or you are living with chronic health concerns caused by old age or disability, then knowing when you need more assistance than your doctor can provide is crucial. Doctors should be your partners in care, but places like Spring Lake Rehabilitation Center can take an in-depth, step-by-step approach in actually facilitating the steps to improving health and treating the condition that you need. You need to take a proactive approach to living with chronic conditions.
Build a whole team
Rehabilitation centers can offer a lot more than a doctor could alone with their offers of many different kinds of therapy and physiotherapy. Take the same approach to other aspects of your health. Conditions like diabetes and heart disease require great changes to your diet, for instance, so it might be wise to invest in getting a personal plan crafted for you by a dietician. Nurses can be better sources of information on the specifics of getting more exercise. If you’re living with a disability, then you might want to consider looking at organizations specific to that disability to find advice on how to make life more accessible. Doctors are important, but don’t limit the advice you get to them and them alone.
Beware the dark corners of the mind
Chronic pain, debilitation, and illness all take a toll on our mental health, not just our physical health. We don’t talk openly about them and many are considered taboo. Having close friends and family that we can share our troubles with can make a huge difference and there are also support groups out there that are worth joining. If we stay silent, we make it all the easier for mood disorders like depression and anxiety to take root.
Living with chronic pain, debilitation, or sickness is far from a pleasant experience but you don’t have to take a backseat and let it run your life for you. With a proactive approach to your health and more understanding, you can live your life with it, not under it.