Small Frustrations of Your Chronic Illness that No One Else Sees

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When we talk about chronic illnesses, it’s easy to start listing off all of the major symptoms. Fatigue, pain, cognition and more are some of the big ones. However, not everything in the life of someone with the long-term disease is quite so dramatic. Occasionally, it’s just the little frustrations that can add up to bad days.

Fibromyalgia

Fibro Fog is the nickname for that cognitive fogginess that some people with fibromyalgia experience. It can lead to everything from scary situations of confusion to difficulty remembering things. The things people forget aren’t always life-altering, though. It could be something as simple as forgetting to walk the dog for a few hours, or not remembering a friend’s birthday. Morning stiffness is another common one with this condition. It’s tough to wake up and already feel like your day isn’t going well. While many people aren’t exactly going to jump out of bed regardless of how their joints feel, it’s still an irritation to never feel like you have the option.

Lyme Disease

The heart rhythm irregularities that can form with chronic Lyme disease are no light matter. Some symptoms, however, are smaller and yet more pervasive. Joint pain is common, and it’s irritating to know what weather is on the horizon just based on how your knees feel. Even if it doesn’t develop into full-blown arthritis, it can still be unpleasant to live with each day.

Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes cases can really range from the mild to the severe. There are plenty of life-threatening symptoms to worry about, but there are also little everyday frustrations too. Many people with this chronic condition feel thirsty or hungry all the time. They’ll drink more water to combat this, and end up having to find a restroom every hour on the hour. Plus, it can come with dry mouth. If that’s not enough, frequent headaches can make fun outings or planned events unnecessarily difficult. No one wants a headache ruining a big day or big trip.

It’s important to remember that all your symptoms matter when it comes to chronic disease. Just because they don’t have big latin names doesn’t make them any less real or important.


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