Invisible Illness – Illness that may be hidden within you..!

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You may seem to be happy and in perfect health from outside, but many of us does not realise that there might be some illness which does not seem to be visually apparent but are existing within us. These may cause serious health problems or trouble us in the future.

One may need to look at the symptoms and find out if he/she is suffering from any of the illness which are apparently not visible and take remedial measures to avoid any health complications. Some of these most common illness are stated below:

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA): It is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system (which protects the health fighting foreign substances like bacteria and viruses) mistakenly attacks the joints of a person. This causes chronic inflammation of the tissues around the joints and inflammation in other organs of the body.

Symptoms: Joint/muscle aches & stiffness, low energy, less appetite, low fever, fatigue.

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS): It is a medical condition under which long term fatigue is seen and limits the person’s ability to carry out normal daily activities. It has a heavy impact on activities like sleeping and concentration. Person’s overall quality of life deteriorates.

Symptoms: Uneasiness or pain after exertion, chronic and severe mental & physical exhaustion, incomplete sleep, sore throat, muscle and joint pains, different kind of a headache generally not experienced before.

Multiple sclerosis (MS): It is a disease of the nervous system in which the insulating covers of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord are damaged. This damage in turn disables the communication of the nervous systems with the rest of the body resulting in physical, mental and sometimes psychiatric problems.

Symptoms: Any neurological signs like autonomic, visual, motor and sensory problems, numb/weak limbs on one side of the body, sight loss, double vision, bowel or bladder problems.

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS): CRPS is a chronic pain condition most often affecting one of the limbs (arms, legs, hands, or feet), usually after an injury or trauma to that limb.

Symptoms: Swelling of limbs, prolonged burning pain, constant or frequent changes in temperature and/or skin colour, stiffness in joints, unusual pattern in sweating/ nail or hair growth.

Depression: It is a state of depressed mood in which a person experiences prolonged sense of low self worth and loss of interest or happiness.

Symptoms: Changes in appetite & weight, feeling of sadness, loss of interest in daily activities, anger, changes in sleep, no enthusiasm, reckless behaviour, low energy level.