Whether you’re newly diagnosed with a chronic illness or have been dealing with one for a while, there’s one tool that’s sure to help you manage your symptoms and flare-ups — data. Read on to find out what we mean.
Data is Your Friend When It Comes to Chronic Illness
When it comes to managing your chronic illness, one of the best ways to develop effective strategies is to collect data. Start keeping a journal, populating a spreadsheet, or using an app to keep track of the following things:
- what you’re eating
- how much you’re moving or exercising
- what medications you’re taking
- how you’re feeling emotionally or mentally
- external stimuli (e.g., the weather, an out-of-the-ordinary event, etc.)
- what symptoms you’re experiencing
- what actions you’ve taken to alleviate any symptoms (and whether or not they worked)
Add data points to track based on your specific condition or situation in life. You want data that’s meaningful to you.
Analyzing the Data to Manage Your Chronic Illness
When you start keeping track of the information above, you’ll start to notice patterns. Maybe certain foods trigger symptoms, or maybe walking or yoga makes your joints feel better.
Once you’ve got a few weeks of tracking under your belt, you can start to see what to avoid and what to add. And any time you add a new factor (new medication, new diet, new exercise program, etc.), you’ll be able to see the efficacy (or effectiveness) in your data. All of this information is also an incredibly valuable tool to share with your medical team.
Live Your Best Life with Infusion Express
At Infusion Express, we’re invested in helping you live your best life, and that’s why we offer appointments during days, evenings and on weekends at any of our convenient locations.
In addition, you’ll enjoy both the warmth of a spa and 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, digging into the latest hit novel on our eReaders, 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!
If you’re ready to experience the difference Infusion Express can make in your life, give us a call at any of our locations.