When you or a loved one gets diagnosed with a chronic illness, everything changes. It can be frightening to think about all the things that will be different in your lives. All the challenges that you’re going to face are not going to be easy.

After the initial shock wears down, it’s important to learn everything you can about your diagnosis. By understanding the condition in full detail, you can more easily take steps to manage it. You’ll feel stronger and have the courage to fight the disease.

Different Chronic Illnesses

Some health problems are labeled as acute, which means they won’t last long or cause nearly as much damage. The flu or common cold fall into this category of illness. Chronic diseases on the other hand, are long-lasting or even permanent. The illness usually begins and progresses at a slow rate. Some can be managed, while others may be fatal. Depending on the symptoms a person has, some diseases can be hard to diagnose. Because of this, the disease could have more damaging effects on that person.

Chronic illnesses are caused by a number of factors, and in some cases, cannot be avoided. People can develop a chronic illness due to their genetics or lifestyle, including smoking, lack of exercise, poor diet or alcohol consumption. Some of the main types of chronic illnesses include, but are not limited to, arthritis, asthma, emphysema, cancer, diabetes, digestive disorders, heart conditions, chronic pain and sleep disorders.

Managing Chronic Illness

If the disease is not managed properly, the person suffering could develop emotional symptoms such as depression or anger. Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions by Kate Lorig, R.N., provides advice and health tips for patients suffering from a chronic illness. The goal of the book is to help people live the best possible lives, even while dealing with a chronic illness.

Inspired by a research project at Stanford University called “Chronic Disease Self-Management Study,” the book has advice from study participants, doctors, patients and many other medical professionals from around the world. Patients who read the book are encouraged to become “self-managers” of their illness. The book includes many charts and forms so patients can easily track the progress of their illness themselves.

The book tackles important issues that impact patients, including communication, sex and intimacy, nutrition, managing medicines and planning for the future. Readers are able to learn different coping mechanisms, which include both physical and mental exercises. There are chapters that are dedicated to dealing with specific illnesses, such as chronic lung disease, heart disease and high blood pressure.

The book also provides helpful tips for patients in all aspects of their life. From waking up in the morning and personal hygiene, to entertainment and traveling, patients can learn how to handle every situation.

Though the book is able to help chronic ill patients deal with a lot in their lives, certain symptoms will need to be maintained with the help of a physician. Las Vegas Urgent Care can provide quality medical treatment for a variety of symptoms. Patients can be seen right away without having to schedule an appointment. For more information about health care Las Vegas, contact 702.852.2000.

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