Don’t Get Discouraged
Flare-ups, as frustrating as they can be, are to be expected in most chronic conditions, including Crohn’s disease, MS, rheumatoid arthritis and many more. If you’re prescribed a therapy like Tysabri, Cimzia or Remicade to help manage your symptoms, be diligent about making your regularly scheduled appointments. If you’re receiving your infusion or injection regularly and can’t seem to control your flare-ups, consider discussing with your doctor about changing the dose, frequency or therapy.
Take an Inventory of What You’re Eating
If you’ve been lax on what you are eating, now’s the time to get back on the healthy track. Tracking what you’re eating is something that particularly helps Crohn’s/UC patients as their GI tracts can easily become inflamed and without tracking it can be difficult to pinpoint the cause.
Getting in the practice of journaling your food will not only show you ways to eat and live healthier, but easily allow you to look back and see what items you cannot tolerate — My Food Diary is offered as an app for easily mobile tracking.
Listen to Your Body
Stress, lack of sleep, and overexertion are all contributing factors to chronic condition flare-ups. If you are particularly susceptible to stress, it is important to have a regular practice of stress management, such as yoga or meditation. Sleep is incredibly important to not ignore even though restful sleep can be difficult to achieve for those with MS or RA. If your body is showing signs of being overexerted, pay attention and take the time to give it the rest its requesting.
Spend Quality Time with Friends and Family
Flare-ups are unfortunately a part of having a chronic condition, but they don’t have to define you or your plans. If you’re feeling well enough for company, take the opportunity to invite friends over or to have a low-key family night in the comfort of your own home. You can take your time with conversations, play a board game, order in some healthy dinner or enjoy a favorite movie all together.
If your condition has you struggling to make time for family and friends figure out how to “fit it all in,” watch this great TED Talk about how to gain control of your free time.
Keep Your Flare-ups in Check at IVX Health
If therapies like Tysabri, Cimzia or Inflectra are a part of your chronic illness treatment plan, then consider scheduling your next appointment at IVX Health. IVX Health makes it possible for you to get your treatment on your own schedule with the comforts of home at any of our offices. You can receive your IV treatment while catching up on your favorite TV shows on our HDTVs or by simply hanging out with friends or family in your own private room. You can bring your laptop and work if you’re on a tight deadline at work, or you can even bring your spouse and call it a date! It’s the right care at the right place to get your health on track.
Because we’re invested in helping you live your best life, we offer appointments during days, evenings and on Saturdays at any of our convenient locations. If you’re ready to experience the difference IVX Health can make in your life, click here to learn how to move your infusion to IVX Health.