Chronic Epstein Barr Disease, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, GERD, and more... OH MY!

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   Posted 7/16/2012 8:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I've had Chronic Epstein Barr Disease, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, GERD/acid reflux, Leaky Gut Syndrome, and a bunch of food allergies for almost 2 years now (was just diagnosed a few months ago though) and I'm just at the end of my rope here. I'm tired. Physically, mentally, emotionally... I'm just so sick and tired of being sick and tired. I've got too many different symptoms to list here...but basically every symptom that you could ever link to any of the illnesses listed above. So anyway, I'm just looking for some support/ people to relate to. Anyone dealing with anything similar? Any ideas on how to cope? I wanna live my life. Just still learning how to do this with a chronic illness...
-Allison :)

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   Posted 7/17/2012 11:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello and welcome to HealingWell. Good for you for  posting  how you are feeling here in the forum and please know we understand how tough it is to deal with anxiety and depression along with your disease/disorders.

Any illness that in some way seems to increase an individual's helplessness and hopelessness will also be a trigger for depression. 

Living with a chronic illness is a tremendous challenge. Periods of grief and sadness are to be expected as you come to grips with your condition and its implications. But if you find that your depression persists, it is important to seek help. While you get treatment, experts offer these lifestyle tips:

1. Try not to isolate yourself.  Reach out to family and friends.

2. Learn as much as you can about your condition. Knowledge is power when it comes to getting the best treatment available, and maintaining a sense of control.

3. Make sure that you have medical support from experts you trust, and can talk to openly about your concerns.

4. If you suspect that your medication is causing you to be depressed, consult your doctor about alternative treatments. 

5. If you are in chronic pain, talk with your physician about alternative pain management.

6. As much as is possible, remain engaged in the activities you enjoy. Stay connected with your community.





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