Despite the advances in the medical sciences, there are still many crippling diseases that affect people. These can be inherited, occur after birth due to mutations or anomalies within the body, contracted through activities in our daily lives or as a result of medical treatments gone wrong. They can also be physical or mental. Although many are rare, it affect persons or ages in rare circumstances or may be gender specific if not more prevalent in one than the other, in general they are impartial. Some like heart and lung diseases, many forms of cancer (some of which are untreatable), spinal abnormalities, liver, kidney and degenerative brain diseases can be fatal.
A crippling disease is not necessarily one that directly affects the physical legs but any disease with the ability to drastically affect one’s life. Conditions can range from those that render the legs or lower parts of the body useless, to those that affect the spine (causing severe pain, curvatures, shrinking/degeneration or sometimes even death) or those that make walking too painful.
Causes of Crippling Diseases
Diseases of the body that do not directly affect the legs or lower extremities but cause so much pain that they render sufferers immobile or limit their day to day activities are also very common; autoimmune diseases in whatever form are good examples. Many bone diseases characterized by the depletion or wearing done of ligaments or cartilages; like arthritis, affect both adults and children and where as some are mild, some lead to deformities of the body part affected bringing life to a grinding halt.
Mental diseases like depression, bipolar disorders, genetic disorders (like autism), Alzheimer’s and many others can disrupt daily life if left untreated. Unfortunately, many persons pay more attention to physical diseases than they do mental disorders especially when some; like depression, occur in children and teens which can make the daily symptoms harder to cope with. All mental disorders and conditions that seem common like depression or migraines should be taken seriously since they can be life-threatening. A migraine attack while driving or carrying out any other such activity can have devastating results.
Disorders that affect the mood or emotions can not only make persons unsuited for interaction with others but lead to violent behaviors including homicides and/or suicides. A child suffering from a mental disorder can develop a learning disability directly linked to the disorder or as a result of it being ignore or untreated. Antisocial behavior at home and school can arise from feeling ‘misunderstood’.
Dealing with Crippling Diseases
When dealing with anyone diagnosed with a crippling disease; whether physical or mental, it is best to understand the underlying cause, the symptoms, the effect these symptoms will have on the patient’s daily life, how it affects you and where you fit in. Taking into consideration the nature of the disease and how you are expected to contribute to the patient’s treatment can greatly improve your ability to ease some of the burden being felt.
Multiple crippling diseases that do not developed during pregnancy can develop without signs while many will show symptoms that can be linked to common conditions. Any symptom being experienced that persists or worsens especially if being treated at home for the maximum recommend time should be brought to a doctor’s attention. Unusual behavior especially in children, teens and the elderly should never be ignored. Also, the body uses pain, nausea and infections (all from no apparent source) as warnings so heed them, if you think something is wrong then see a doctor.