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5 Dilemmas Faced By The Chronically Ill As They Age

Saturday 10 November 2018

 

From Psychology Today:

 

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5 Dilemmas Faced by the Chronically Ill as They Age

It can be hard to know what is due to aging as opposed to chronic illness.

By Toni Bernhard J.D.
Turning Straw Into Gold
November 8, 2018
Psychology Today © 2018 Sussex Publishers, LLC

I’ve been concerned lately. Here’s why.

In 2001, I got sick with what the doctors assumed was an acute viral infection, but I never recovered. I’m mostly housebound, often bedbound. My diagnosis is the little understood (but much misunderstood) Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or ME/CFS. I describe it as “the flu without the fever.” This means that fatigue is only one of many symptoms I contend with every day. In addition, before I got sick, I suffered from a couple other chronic conditions, such as painful Interstitial Cystitis (IC). If I’m in an IC flare, it exacerbates the symptoms of my ongoing ME/CFS.

I’m now 17 1/2 years older than when I became chronically ill in 2001. I’ve started to notice some bodily changes, and I can’t tell if they’re due to a worsening of my illness or if they’re a natural part of the aging process. I know from emails sent to me that others in my situation face the same uncertainty.

 

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