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Wright, H. Norman. Coping with Chronic Illness: *Neck and Back Pain *Migraines *Arthritis *Fibromyalgia*Chronic Fatigue *And Other Invisible Illnesses
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* Paperback: 240 pages
* Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (February 1, 2010)
* Language: English
* ISBN-10: 0736927069
* ISBN-13: 978-0736927062
* Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
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1 Review 5.0 out of 5 stars
The author understands chronic pain, May 23, 2010
By E. Joseph "mom of two within two" (Maryland)
Living in chronic pain is so difficult. Most people are sympathetic but cannot really understand what it is like to live this way. The authors are compassionate and make me feel as if somebody understands and cares. I would give this book to anybody I know that is struggling with a chronic illness. The support I feel when reading this book is better than any counselor I have ever talked too.
Nearly 1 in 2 Americans suffer from some chronic condition—either an illness like fibromyalgia or conditions such as migraine headaches or chronic neck and back pain. With numbers like these, it’s fair to say we have a health crisis on our hands.
Respected therapist H. Norman Wright, along with Lynn Ellis, a researcher with firsthand experience with fibromyalgia, lupus, and chronic fatigue, shares practical, hopeful answers for those who suffer from what are often called “invisible illnesses.”
Readers will benefit from realizing they are not alone even if others don’t understand what they are experiencing. They will also find:
* helpful ideas for managing relationships with their doctors and their families
* insight into God’s perspective and caring for those who suffer
* practical ways to manage the stress, fear, and depression that often comes with chronic illness
Coping with Chronic Illness is the perfect resource for those who struggle as well as for their families and friends, lay counselors, medical professionals, and pastors.
H. Norman Wright . Coping with Chronic Illness: *Neck and Back Pain *Migraines *Arthritis *Fibromyalgia*Chronic Fatigue *And Other Invisible Illnesses
Introduction [revised, w/notes and additions by JKR]
Can You Relate?
If you suffer from chronic illness...or know someone who does, you know how frustrating it can be. One day you feel relatively great...the next day you can hardly move or get out of bed because of the pain. One minute you're straightening up the house of garage and the next instant you're exhausted. You see-saw between up times and down times, never knowing when either will start or stop. It makes life hard and unpredictable and uncontrollable. It doesn't go away. CFIDS=Chronic fatigue and immune dysfunction syndrome.
There is no cure. Specific blood tests can indicate immune system malfunction. Tests can show inflammation throughout the body. Very isolated at home and suffered from situational depression. Drug side effects made her drowsy. An uncertain future. Unable to work, feel useless.
Went to Center for Special Immunology in Orange Cty CA for treatment. Don't look ill. Soft tissue disease affecting muscles, ligaments etc. When it flares up, it is debilitating. Requires pain meds. Difficult to walk, stand for periods of time, do basic tasks. Some days she is nearly normal. She does not know from day to day, what she will be able to do or how she will feel. A blessing, a rebirth vs. losses. Keep in touch with people who can humor you, provide companionship, share info. Get practical help. No control. Helplessness. Stress without relief. Illness takes over and regulates her life. Largly unrecognized.
Need people to listen, offer help, ask what is needed. Touch, hug. Speak gently. Pray. Overwhelmed by the pain. But it does pass. See beauty. Need a loving family and supportive friends and neighbors.
In 1987, 90 Million Americans had a chronic illness.
In 1998, 120 M,
In 2030, probably 171 M.
Prolonged, doesn't resolve spontaneously, rarely cured completely. Cope, make adjustments, live in spite of it. Life of uncertainty. Physical and mental anguish. Invisible symptoms only you are aware of and feel. No repetitive pattern. Cognitive impairment, incontinence. Incapacitated. Chaos.
Have to get more sleep. Have to pay the price for exhertion and self-manage. Headache, neckache, feel less than, weak, unreliable, guilt, low self-esteem,
People judge you, don't understand, disbelieve you, are indifferent, show pity rather than support. Confinement. Boredom, neglect, abandonment, dehumanized.
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