Invisible illnesses make thousands of people far more at risk from coronavirus than many people realise. While you might be looking out for those who look visibly vulnerable and the older generations, it's important to be aware that there are lots of vulnerable people and they may look young and perfectly healthy. People with invisible illnesses often need just as much practical and emotional support as those with illnesses you can see, but sometimes it can be difficult to know how to help.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is also known as myalgic encephalopathy, which is more commonly known as ME. It is a long-term illness with a lot of symptoms, the most common being extreme tiredness which is debilitating. It's not just about going to sleep and having enough sleep, but it can mean falling asleep at your desk, being unable to concentrate so you can't work or even cook dinner. Other symptoms include muscle or joint pain, headaches, a sore throat or sore glands and difficulty concentrating, thinking and remembering things.
Chronic pain can affect your everyday life again; there is more to it than just pain. There could be an underlying cause such as trauma, wear, and tear, infection, inflammation, or abnormal cell growth and there is little relief from it. However there is a system of diagnosis and treatment called Osteo Diagnostic Platform, and while no one treatment can fix every patient, ODP has helped a considerable number of patients who have previously been unresponsive to numerous other treatments.
Many people who are living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) experience invisible symptoms which can create a unique set of issues itself. MS is where your immune system mistakenly attacks your body, and not everyone uses a wheelchair or a cane, and on good days symptoms may not show at all. This leads many people to not believe that people are suffering from the disease, which can cause them to feel anxious about speaking out about the disease. Over time, symptoms such as spasms, fatigue or vision issues progress and one day you could be fine and the next you could experience such painful muscle spasms that you can't even get dressed.
Anxiety is not just about anxious feelings and anxious thoughts, but it can cause all sorts of physical symptoms such as shortness of breath and tightness in your chest, feelings of dizziness and nausea, lack of appetite, lack of concentration, pain in your arms, skin breakouts and feeling very lethargic too. Again, it's not obvious who is suffering from anxiety, and it could be the most confident and talented people you know, however, when anxiety strikes, they can't perform normal tasks that they know that they are brilliant at. Sometimes they can't even see friends and family who they know that they love and get on with and always have a good time with; anxiety can be that overpowering and debilitating. It’s also important to know that many of the above invisible illnesses can cause people to suffer from anxiety too.