If you suffered from an accident that led to paralysis, it can turn your entire life upside down. You might even face increased health risks which would not have been a problem before.
Fortunately, there are ways to take proactive stances toward your health and minimize some of the chronic issues that may accompany paralysis.
Eat well and stay active
Facing Disability discusses ways to take control of health after an incident leading to paralysis. First, focus on nutrition. As you recover and adapt, your body will need more fuel than before, as it will be working harder than ever.
Maintaining a sedentary lifestyle can also lead to health issues like blood clots, bedsores or even sepsis. On top of that, you have a higher risk of developing a number of conditions including high blood pressure, depression, dysphagia, trouble breathing, heart problems and a loss of bowel and bladder control.
Such conditions also come with potentially life-threatening complications. Staying active and focusing on nutrition can help reduce this risk. Other potentially helpful tools include building up interpersonal relationships, drinking enough water and getting enough rest.
Maintain independence where possible
You can also find ways to remain independent where you can, too. Of course, this will depend on the type of injury you face and how greatly it affects your mobility. However, you will likely still be able to do at least some things in an independent way.
It is important to face these major changes head-on, tackle them and find a new way to live your life rather than giving up right away.