March 25, 2019 |  written by IVX Health

3 Tips for Managing Chronic Illness Flare-Ups

When a flare-up happens, it can throw a wrench in your plans. Don’t let a flare-up define your agenda. Prioritize your health and always be prepared to handle a flare-up.

Managing Chronic Illness Flare-Ups

Flare-ups, as frustrating as they can be, are to be expected in most chronic conditions, including Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and many more. If you’re prescribed a therapy like Tysabri, Cimzia or Remicade to help manage your symptoms, be diligent about making your regularly scheduled appointments. If you’re receiving your infusion or injection regularly and can’t seem to control your flare-ups, consider discussing with your doctor about changing the dose, frequency or therapy. Read on for 3 tips on managing flare-ups from a chronic illness.

1. Take an Inventory of What You’re Eating

If you’ve been less diligent about what you are eating, now’s the time to get back on the healthy track. Tracking what you’re eating is something that particularly helps Crohn’s/UC patients as their GI tracts can easily become inflamed and without tracking it can be difficult to pinpoint the cause. Diet can also affect symptoms of other conditions such as multiple sclerosis. Click here to read about the link between gluten and multiple sclerosis.

Getting in the practice of journaling your food will not only show you ways to eat and live healthier, but easily allow you to look back and see what items you cannot tolerate — My Food Diary is offered as an app for easily mobile tracking. By finding foods that trigger flare-ups, you can change your diet to better adapt to managing flare-ups and symptoms.

2. Listen to Your Body

Stress, lack of sleep, and overexertion are all contributing factors to chronic condition flare-ups. If you are particularly susceptible to stress, it is important to have a regular practice of stress management, such as yoga or meditation. Sleep is incredibly important to not ignore even though restful sleep can be difficult to achieve for those with MS or RA. If your body is showing signs of being overexerted, pay attention and take the time to recuperate.

3. Spend Quality Time with Friends and Family

Flare-ups are unfortunately a part of having a chronic condition, but they don’t have to define you or your plans. If you’re feeling well enough for company, take the opportunity to invite friends over or to have a family night in the comfort of your own home. You can take your time with conversations, play a board game, order in some healthy dinner or enjoy a favorite movie all together.

Keep Your Flare-ups in Check at IVX Health

If therapies like Tysabri, Cimzia or Inflectra are a part of your chronic illness treatment plan, then consider scheduling your next appointment at IVX Health. IVX Health makes it possible for you to get your treatment on your own schedule with the comforts of home at any of our offices.  You can receive your infusion or injection treatment while catching up on your favorite TV shows on our flat screen TVs 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!  It’s the right care at the right place to get your health on track.

Because we’re invested in helping you live your best life, we offer appointments during days, evenings and on Saturdays at any of our convenient locations.  If you’re ready to experience the difference IVX Health can make in your life, click here to learn how to move your infusion to IVX Health.

Treatment at IVX Health

If biologics like Remicade, Actemra or Orencia  are a part of your chronic illness treatment plan, then consider choosing IVX Health for your ongoing care needs. IVX Health makes it possible to receive your therapy in a comfortable, convenient, and private environment.

With a private suite for every patient, you can watch your favorite Netflix show or movie on the big screen TV in each room, use a laptop or other mobile device to surf the web, or simply hang out with family and friends. We always have chairs for guests, and each center has a family room that is spacious and private if you need to bring your kids to your treatment. We also offer flexible appointment scheduling – including evenings and Saturdays – at any of our convenient locations.

At IVX Health, we truly are invested in helping you live your best life. If you’re ready to experience a new kind of infusion clinic, click here to learn how to move your infusion or injection therapy to IVX Health.