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Issue #270: People with Chronic Illness are Hypersensitive to Stress as It Manifests as Physical Pain & Self-Compassion During a Pain Flare Can be Tough as Your Mental Health is Suffering, Too

Issue 270: People with Chronic Illness are Hypersensitive to Stress as It Manifests as Physical Pain & Self-Compassion During a Pain Flare Can be Tough as Your Mental Health is Suffering, Too

Friday, 18 June 2021. Issue #270.

In This Issue:

  1. The toxicity of stress may not be apparent to a healthy person, but people with chronic illness are hypersensitive to it, as it can cause physical pain.
  2. When you’re in a pain flare, your mental health suffers too, and you can enter into a joyless state. That’s where self-compassion can be a challenge, yet most important.
  3. Letting go of expectations and how chronic illness has ‘changed’ your self-identity is a start in self-acceptance that will help with your mental health.
  4. What it’s like to be the father of a child with chronic illness (using the same set of questions for my mum, to see the parallels and differences).
  5. It’s hard not to despair when all you can do is… nothing, as simple chores take colossal effort, and tasks on your todo list overflow.
  6. Medical gaslighting is a problem that runs deep in the healthcare system, so much so that patients sometimes even enter a doctor’s appointment expecting to be disbelieved.
  7. Research into CISPR for chronic pain relief; Binding of the suppressor protein is reversible, so the SCNA9 gene is temporarily silenced rather than permanently altered.
  8. The problem with chronic illness is the unpredictability every single day. That in itself is exhausting, too.
  9. The reason why people give up so quickly sometimes is because they tend to look at far they still have to go, rather than how far they’ve already come.
  10. If you want to help someone with chronic illness, never tell them they just need to pray harder, shake it off, be more positive or say some other patronising statement that undermines their pain or condition.

*Note: This article is meant for educational purposes, and is based on each person’s individual experiences and circumstances. It is not to be substituted for medical advice. Please consult your own doctor before changing or adding new treatment protocols.

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