Information for Caregivers to Help Loved Ones With PNH
PNHA disease where red blood cells are created without a protective protein. This causes them to burst (a process called hemolysis) and can result in serious health problems. Signs and symptoms include stomach pain, difficulty swallowing, anemia, shortness of breath, and fatigue. Life-threatening complications from PNH include blood clots, kidney failure, and damage to organs. can take a lot out of someone living with it. As a caregiver, you can help support and encourage someone living with PNH and make it easier for that person to live with this disease. Learn as much as you can about PNH. And, ask how your loved one is feeling day to day. That way, you’ll know when to offer a helping hand.
Patients with PNH can live a long and full life, and there’s a lot you can do to help.
- Encourage healthy living, including good eating habits and appropriate exercise
- Ensure regular doctor visits
- Help track signs, symptoms, and lab test results, and make sure questions are asked and answered
- If your loved one asks, discuss his/her signs, symptoms, and lab test results with the doctor and ask questions
- "What does this lab test mean?"
- "Are the results normal?"
- "What does it mean if my loved one's results are above/below normal?"
- "What can we do to get them within a normal range?"
Seek Community Support
PNH is a rare disease, but you and your friend or family member with PNH are not alone. Encourage your loved one to connect with others who have PNH to help them learn about, cope with, and manage the disease. Many free resources are available. Contact OneSource™ or access other resources to help them find support.
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