Chronic illness, or long-term illness is better described as any health condition that can last upto 6 months, and even longer. Being diagnosed with any kind of chronic illness, be it diabetes, sciatica, fibromyalgia etc. are long-term and in some cases, can stick with you for the rest of your life. Once you start living with pain every day and it starts affecting the quality of your life and you can’t go back to your routine prior to the illness, it can take a toll on you. People suffering from chronic illness have a higher likelihood of developing depression, adding on to this, people with chronic illnesses that limit physical movement have the highest likelihood of developing depression.
There is no proper cure for chronic illnesses, the medication will either slow down its development or just work on reducing the symptoms. So, that does understandably bring down one’s hopes, however there are still ways to deal and live with chronic illness without isolating yourself.
- First of all, if you happen to be interested or if you believe in alternative medicine, you can opt for acupuncture treatment along with your medication.
- If you feel the like the disease and the pain from the disease is limiting physical movement or is turning your body stiff, opt for physical therapy. Of course it is important to get your doctor’s approval before you start on it. So, when you are looking up for a physical therapy near me, make sure that they are qualified and have the necessary knowledge and experience to deal with your body under its condition.
- Always reach out for social support, be it in the form of friends of family. If you do not want to rely on them, you can opt for group therapy and even individual therapy to feel connected to people which is very important.