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6 Important Things to Know about Chronic Illness
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For many elderly members, good health ensures security, independence, and productivity as they age. Yet millions struggle on a daily basis with safety and health challenges like mental health issues, falls and chronic illnesses – all which can severely affect the quality of life.
According to NCOA, 8 out of 10 adults have at least one chronic illness and 7.7 out of 10 have at least two. Four chronic conditions – cancer, stroke, diabetes, and heart disease – account for two-thirds of all deaths every year. Going by these statistics, chronic illnesses affect many people as they grow old. However, it’s not only age that contributes to these conditions. Some older adults experience chronic disease as a result of exposure to chemicals and radiation while on the job.
Here are six important things to know about chronic illnesses
The patient may be eligible for EEOICPA compensation
If the patient was an employee, vendor, contractor, or subcontractor at Atomic Weapons Employer (AWE) or Department of Energy (DOE) facilities, they may be able to qualify for EEOICPA benefits. The United Energy Workers Healthcare has a program that’s designed to compensate those who sustained injuries due to chemical and radiation exposure. It covers illnesses like chronic beryllium disease, beryllium sensitivity, chronic silicosis, radiogenic cancer sustained while in the performance of duty at a covered Department of Energy facility.
Many Doctors Don’t understand chronic diseases
For years, healthcare practitioners believed that some chronic conditions were as a result of anxiety and depression and that the only treatment available was psychiatric care. And to date, some still do not understand the disease or how to treat it appropriately. For this reason, it is crucial for one to do thorough research to find a doctor who has experience addressing illnesses like theirs for appropriate care.
Chronic illness can trigger many emotions
Chronic disease itself can alter the biochemical composition of the brain’s mood control center. On top of that, the following frustrations can impact someone’s mood and result in anxiety and/or depression:
Change in the dynamics of family
The search/wait for a diagnosis
Inability to work and feel productive
Isolation and loss of social interactions
The struggle to perform easy daily tasks and deal with symptoms
Patients usually feel a significant loss, so it’s quite normal to go through some or all levels of grief (like bargaining, anger, denial, acceptance). Patients grieve for the life they once had, for the life they have to endure now and the life they dreamt of having.
Chronic diseases have complex symptoms
Symptoms vary with the disease, however, many patients experience some or all of these symptoms: extreme pain, fatigue, nausea, brain fog, headaches and/or dizziness. These symptoms may increase or decrease from time to time (even hourly).
Some foods aggravate symptoms
Certain foods can trigger the symptoms of the patients. Common culprits include soy, yeast, sugar, gluten, processed food, and alcohol. These foods increase inflammation, which aggravates the symptoms that may last for hours, days or even weeks.
Patients have a higher risk of dangerous infections
Since the immune system of the patient is overactive fighting the body’s joints, organs, muscles and/or nerves instead of attacking infections, they become more susceptible to dangerous diseases. Its therefore important for patients to avoid being around sick people, lest they catch an infection.