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Dealing with having a chronic illness?

Dealing with having a chronic illness?

Seek and explore: Be open to meeting others, learning from them. Only you can decide what helps you feel better, and complementary treatments vary--from guided visualization, hypnotherapy, acupunture, chi gung, mind-body medicine, psychotherapy, support groups, etc. Be gentle with yourself and take it easy. Mostly, don't give up. While a cure may not be possible, feeling better is! ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder affecting three areas: abnormal socialization, communication, and restricted interests with repetitive patterns of behavior. It is usually detected in the first two years of life. Cause is unknown but strong evidence points to an interplay between genetic and environmental factors. Patients with autism may display significant delays in certain developmental areas while having normal or superior strengths in other developmental or learning domains. The severity of the disorder is highly variable ...Read more


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Is arthrogryposis considered a chronic illness?

Yes: Chronic essentially means having for a longtime so all incurable genetic disease would qualify as chronic. ...Read more

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What is fibromyalgia? Is fibromyalgia a chronic illness and how prevalent is it?

What is fibromyalgia? Is fibromyalgia a chronic illness and how prevalent is it?

Fairly prevalent.: Fibromyalgia is the most common rheumatologic disorder in women under 40 and the second most common in all age groups to osteoarthritis. The current thought is that it is related to hyperexcitability of nerve endings leading to symptoms of generalized pain, fatigue, areas of trigger point tenderness and sleep disruption. ...Read more

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How can a chronic illness affect your sex life?

Decreased energy: It takes a lot of energy to heal, so you may have less to give. This is normal. Desire for sex often decreases, and your own self-image may also be impacted. It's important not to judge yourself on this, and to give yourself time to feel better. At the same time, having sex is an important part of maintaining a healthy mind/body, so don't give it up entirely! ...Read more

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What should I know about palliative care during chronic illness?

What should I know about palliative care during chronic illness?

More support: It depends on your situation, but i would assume/hope that the palliative care you receive would support you physically and emotionally in the best way possible. You should know that you are still the "ceo" of your healthcare, and that you should still be able to make your own decisions. You should also investigate mind-body therapies in your area, for pain relief and overall well being. ...Read more

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How can a healthy diet affect the onset of a chronic illness? Give two examples

Heart disease: A healthy diet can prevent a chronic illness such as heart disease and stroke which in part are due to the collection of plaque in the arteries of the heart and brain. Good eating habits high in fruits and vegetables, legumes and whole grains are beneficial in preventing chronic illnesses mentioned above. ...Read more

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Will obamacare affect me in any significant way if i take medication for a chronic illness?

Probably a good way: Before, chronic illness could cause rejection or disallowing tx or outrageous pricing. Now insurers can not do that. You need to pick your coverage carefully to be sure your plan is adequate, but now you'll have the chance. Discuss medication options w/ your dr if plans don't cover your rx. I'm almost sure it will be a better deal for you than before. ...Read more

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Patient with chronic illness is losing weight. What is happening at the cellular level to cause the loss? Remedies?

Patient with chronic illness is losing weight.  What is happening at the cellular level to cause the loss?  Remedies?

Complex question.: I can't be specific what in this case w/out details but the basic issue is that calories taken in & absorbed are not matching or exceeding the body's needs. This is known as "catabolism". Sometimes this is due to lack of apetite, lack of GI absorption or hypermetabolic states. When calorie intake is inadequate, the body burns fat stores and breaks down muscle to make fuel (ketones+gluconeogenesis) ...Read more

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Would you please cite some references of books etc on the subject of coping with chronic illness? I have lupus and it is hard to deal with.

Would you please cite some references of books etc on the subject of coping with chronic illness?  I have lupus and it is hard to deal with.

Books on Coping: There are many books on coping with chronic illness. I hope you have already found them! rather than simply coping, i also like to find books that give me perspective and insight. Dr. Remen's "kitchen table wisdom" is a classic, as is arthur frank's "at the will of the body." for couples, kivowitz and weisman's "in sickness as in health" is also packed with info and wisdom. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (Definition)

Autism spectrum disorder, also called pervasive developmental disorder (PDD), is a type of condition that includes life-long impairment in the ability to communicate and to have normal social interactions. These include ...Read more


Dr. Abby Caplin
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Chronic Illness (Definition)

Persistent or long-lasting illness, usually lasting ...Read more