“It’s All In Your Head:” Living with Chronic Illness

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By Elvira G. Aletta, Ph.D.

Somewhere I read that properly diagnosing a chronic illness can take from two to three years. Many of you wait even longer. In the meantime, while the doctors scratch their heads, we’re expected to be happy we’re alive. And that’s if they don’t write us off with “It’s psychological.”

Read More: http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2010/10/04/its-all-in-your-head-living-with-chronic-illness/

Comments 6

  1. Cheryl

    Try to explain the pain to family members who never experienced anything like it. They look at you like you’re faking to stay home for the day.

  2. Laurie

    Good Article. Now after having a diagnosis for 7 years, I still struggle with my co-workers and bosses to get them to understand what my diagnosis is. Lately, I find myself only confiding in 3 of my friends at work, because the others just don’t get it.2 of the 3 have RA and one has PA.
    The really sad part…all of the other 80 co-workers are registered nurses.

  3. Carla

    People dont understand how hard it is to sometimes get out of bed and do normal every day things. Because you cant see my RA people think there is nothing wrong with me and i just dont wanna work. I get the im to young to have RA alot.
    Its very rare to see an Arthritis ad on tv in australia, we need more exposure so people know it affects people of all ages, shapes & sizes and races.

  4. Giovanna

    I agree with Cheryl, my extended family can be the worst and most insensitive at times. They think, everyone is tired, just deal with it. But they don’t understand the level of tired and never will. My immediate family is very helpful and understanding. They are the ones who see the pain and the way my hands and feet get during a flare.
    Some people are just more compassionate than others. Luckily, my blood work was and still is all over the place, so I’ve not had to deal with the “it’s all in your head” issue from doctors and such.

  5. Douglas

    Sometimes your immediate family just gets tired of your sickness. You can work you just dont want too. You can work some of the time why cant you work all year round. I came into this marriage thinking you would be my equal. 2 hip surgeries 2 neck surgeries broken foot and still doesnt think I am that bad. Go figure

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