It’s World Mental Health Day today so me and Dizzy thought we would do a little post on what living with anxiety caused by chronic illness is like for us.
It’s not something we usually talk about to people but living with a condition like MS can have a huge mental impact on you (it definitely does for me). We’ve always been abit anxious about things but it was only last Autumn when my MS diagnosis really hit (2 years after my diagnosis…) that it got abit out of control! Fortunately we’re doing much better with our anxiety now but it still has an impact on our day to day life.
- Worrying about everything! And I do literally mean everything. From the big stuff like how my MS is progressing, to the little stuff like I think I left my pen at work…
2. Catastrophizing situations. This is especially true with anything to do with health. One slight ache or bump and I’m convinced I’m dying.
3. Feeling tense which causes back and neck pain.
4. Nearly impossible to turn off and fully relax. This also means it’s difficult to get to sleep or I wake up and then can’t get back to sleep! I use to be able to sleep for 8 hours straight.
5. Difficulty concentrating.
6. Dread having to go out by myself. I get really worried about my MS flaring up when I’m out and about. I’ve only needed help a couple of times but these times have stuck in my head!
7. Palpitations. This for me was being able to hear and feel the blood pounding round my head. Luckily this one is now much less frequent and not nearly as intense. 🙂
8. Feeling sick. I’m over worrying and it then puts me off my food! (and normally I love my food!)
9. Shortness of breathe/difficulty breathing.
This was me trying to get Dizzy to do something that would represent difficulty breathing. I think she just thought she was looking for food in the bag… 🙂
10. Feeling over emotional.
So that’s our 10 things! Luckily all of these things are much better than how they were at the beginning of the year for us, but it has really made us aware of the mental impact of living with chronic illness.
Has your physical health ever had an impact on your mental health? Did you find things that helped you and what were they? xxx