You are the expert on you. Being proactive is important. Some people like to
keep a diary noting changes or patterns to symptoms. At the same time you don’t
want your condition to take over your life. Do make sure you get regular health
checks for blood pressure, cholesterol levels, eye and dental examinations,
cancer screening, annual flu jabs, and check your skin for changes in moles etc
to ensure problems are caught early. We don’t want to turn you into a
hypochondriac - simply to be vigilant!
The Expert Patients Programme (EPP) www.expertpatients.co.uk is
a self-management programme for people who are living with a chronic (long-term)
condition. The aim is to support you by increasing your confidence, improving
your quality of life, and helping you to manage your condition more effectively.
The course covers the following topics:
- dealing with pain and extreme tiredness
- coping with feelings of depression
- relaxation techniques and exercises
- healthy eating
- communicating with family.
There is a similar programme for carers called Looking after me.