Doctor! Take My Symptoms Seriously! Diagnosing Contested and Emerging Illnesses
Science is a slow process, particularly when it comes to diagnosing emerging illnesses. To a great extent, patient suffering occurs in the absence of medical and scientific consensus on the cause of an illness. Without a clear consensus, doctors are led to believe illness is psychological and patients are given useless, and sometimes harmful, psychiatric therapies.
Ten Holiday Survival Tips For the Chronically Ill
The holidays can be a stressful time for nearly anyone. But for those with chronic illness, the schedule, social demands, and additional things to do can simply be impossible. People with multiple sclerosis, multiple chemical sensitivity, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and other invisible illnesses appear normal, but have a disability which makes day-to-day living difficult.
Become your own health advocate
There are “ABCs” of being your own health advocate, says Laura Flowers, support group coordinator for St. John’s Hospital.
Support for Those Living with a Fibromyalgia Sufferer
I had been dating Mark about four months when I learned that he had fibromyalgia. Before meeting him, I had never even heard of this condition. He explained the symptoms as best as he could; the foggy thinking, the fatigue, the pain. He had been co-diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome and chronic fatigue.
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