Caroline Kulinski, MS Patient : Don't leave her hanging.
Sandee LaMotte, WebMD : When first diagnosed with MS in 2007,Caroline Kulinski struggled to adjust to life with a chronic disease.
Caroline Kulinski, MS Patient cont.: Most people with MS, their symptoms aren't visible.It's something like vision problems or the fact I can't feel my legs right now.Or I've got tingling all over and it feels like ants are crawling up my arms.Or I'm just so tired I can hardly walk.
Lenaki Alexander, Lupus Patient: Autoimmune diseases are frustrating.They are so frustrating. You can feel great one day.I can go out and row 15,000 meters and feel marvelous.And two days later, I can't get out of bed.
Sandee LaMotte, WebMd cont : Lenaki Alexander has lupus,another in a family of chronic autoimmune disorders.
Lenaki Alexander, Lupus Patient cont: Depression is another issue.The ramifications are unbelievable, not only to family and to friends.Financially, physically, emotionally.
Sandee LaMotte, WebMD cont : Studies show that depression and chronic illness often go hand in hand.For example, 40% to 65% of heart disease patients,40% of Parkinson and MS patients, and 25% of cancer and diabetes patientswill experience depression due to their illness.Unfortunately, it often goes undiagnosed.
Dr. Patrice Harris : Medications that are prescribedcan cause symptoms that mimic a depressive disorder.It is not uncommon for certain symptomsto be characteristics of more than one disorder.
Sandee LaMotte, WebMD cont : Depression can also aggravate a chronic condition,intensifying pain or fatigue and possiblycausing the person to isolate themselves from others.Experts suggest that anyone living with a chronic illness and their loved onesbe acutely aware of the dangers of depression and do what they can to avoid it.
Dr Mark Gilson : Get them out of the house. Figure a way to do that.That would be one of the best things to do that's simple and potent.
Sandee LaMotte, WebMD cont : Don't forget the power of the internet.
Caroline Kulinski, MS Patient cont : Online forums where you can talk to people 24/7that have MS and just swap stories and, am I crazy.There are ants crawling up my arms.No. No, I've had that too. Just to make you feel a little more normal.
Dr Mark Gilson cont. : learning to listen to your body--
Lenaki Alexander, Lupus Patient cont. : Learn about your disease process.Learn about the medications you're on, the side effects.And don't be afraid to ask the physician.
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Sandee LaMotte, WebMD cont : To keep your spirits up, try your best to continue to do the things you love.For Lenaki Alexander, that's rowing.
Lenaki Alexander, Lupus Patient cont : It helps mentally, which is very important in fighting lupus.I feel like I have some control of my disease process and my life.
Sandee LaMotte, WebMD cont : For WebMD, I'm Sandee LaMotte.