It has been three weeks since I returned from Las Vegas with my new dog, Solomon. The quick trip from Alaska to adopt my loving companion has taken a toll on my health. Fast trips South often cause havoc in my life. Multiple sclerosis screams at me for the offense. Pain and fatigue have been debilitating. Simple trips to shop, visit my grandchildren or sew with friends have been cut short, required my husband’s assistance, and even cancelled. I’m definitely going to remember this the next time I get the ludicrous idea of making a quick trip somewhere far away. It simply isn’t in my cards anymore.
“Fatigue described as “profound,” “debilitating,” and “preventing them from doing the simplest everyday tasks,” is a major issue for autoimmune disease (AD) patients, impacting nearly every aspect of their lives. It affects their mental and emotional well-being and their ability to work.” (Newswise) And yet, most AD patients have not received treatment for fatigue.
Major findings from AARDA recent poll are shocking. The following is a sampling of the data presented. Click on the link below to read the entire article.
1 – 98% of AD patients have fatigue
2 – 89% of AD patients say it is a “major issue” with 59% saying it is the “most debilitating symptom of having AD.”
3 – 68% say fatigue is profound stops daily activities
4 – 70% feel judged for fatigue
5 – 75% say it impacts their ability to work
It also affects self-esteem, relationships, careers, quality of life, financial situation, holding a job, romance, etc. Learn more by check-out: http://www.newswise.com/articles/profound-debiliating-fatigue-found-to-be-a-major-issue-for-autoimmune-disease-patients-in-new-national-survey.
Image is of me with my new dog, Solomon, in Las Vegas.