While it’s not often talked about, many young women suffer from chronic illness. Often, ongoing health problems are dismissed as the norm. We tend to think of it as something that just happens to us regularly.

We’ve all heard someone say ‘I get headaches all the time’ or ‘this happens often’ regarding their health. The problem with this approach is that we tend to accept that being chronically sick is just another thing that we deal with. This is why it’s important for women to truly assess their health and issues that may be a sign of something bigger.

If this sounds familiar, here are a few tips to help sort through it all.


knowledge

If you have noticed that you’ve been suffering from the same symptoms repeatedly, it’s time to research your illness You may find that what’s been afflicting you doesn’t necessarily need medical attention. However, learning about it can help you better manage it. 


help

When you’re trying to manage chronic illness seeking help may not be the most appealing thing to do. It’s hard enough dealing with a diagnosis or lack thereof and we often don’t want to bother others with our personal issues. But this is different. Chronic illness can be debilitating. It can take a toll on you physically, mentally, and emotionally. Having a strong support system is imperative to your overall wellbeing… and sanity.


care

One of the biggest issues when trying to treat chronic illness is finding proper care. From doctors that are dismissive about your symptoms to lack of proper testing, women consistently struggle with getting adequate care for their ailments.

  • Never let a doctor downplay your pain or discomfort.
  • Seek out specialists that are familiar with the type of illness you have.
  • Read reviews. Look for providers that others describe as good listeners, caring, empathetic, understanding, and thorough.
  • Be diligent and don’t get discouraged. The right medical professional is out there.

If this has happened to you and you think that you may have suffered due to a lack of care, you may want to seek help from a knowledgeable attorney like Shrager & Sachs