I Have a Chronic Illness

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 85 People

    I have Lyme disease (not LYMES

    as some people tend to call it). I was diagnosed in November 2011. My first symptom was severe vertigo. Also, I experienced painful arthritis, brain fog etc ..I found a specialist who put me on all sorts of herbal treatments, a 4 month course of antibiotics,and thyroid meds...
    merelymandolin merelymandolin
    36-40, F
    Apr 2, 2014
    WinkWink78 WinkWink78
    36-40, F
    Aug 13, 2015

    I have severe allergies.

    I know that may not sound like something truly awful, but the severity is to the point that it is pretty much every other week that I have to fight a sinus or a respiratory infection. On top of this, I suffer through migraines that can put me out of commission for a good week...
    Grant0306 Grant0306
    18-21, M
    3 Responses Apr 2, 2014

    I found this really good article

    and I think it's going to help people see how it really feels to have very little "spoons" on a daily basis, the "spoon" theory. I don't have Lupus but I have a case of Muscular Dystrophy but this theory works for all kinds of chronic illnesses. I am not happy for Selena Gomez...
    PiecingMeBackTogether PiecingMeBackTogether
    22-25, M
    Oct 31, 2015

    Chronic illness is wearing day to day.

    CVID,epilepsy, high blood pressure, eating disorder, depression, anxiety, allergies, asthma,clots.
    Chelsea1973 Chelsea1973
    41-45, F
    Nov 14, 2015

    Hey everyone...I'm new to EP

    and thought I'd use it as a way to express things I don't talk about often. I am 25 years old and have been disabled and sick for the last 3 years. I'm unable to work and usually feel too bad to leave the house. 3 years ago I took an antibiotic called Ciprofloxacin that...
    Buttercup789 Buttercup789
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Jul 22, 2014

    Still trying to lose weight from steroids.

    I've lost a lot so I've been trying to plank. Last week I was at 20 seconds and that felt hard... I just planked for 1 minute and 20 seconds😀
    Jaymelynnh Jaymelynnh
    16-17, F
    Jan 30, 2015

    ive had 28 operations in 4 years,

    im allergic to all anti biotics and pain relief - except for pethidine which is a herione based opiod. Ive been on for 4 years. Ive now got a digestive disease , autonomic failure of my nervous system, gastroparesis and intestinal failure and bowel failure and POTS syndrome...
    WhispersOfMySoul WhispersOfMySoul
    22-25, F
    1 Response Oct 28, 2015

    I Was Scared, Alone, Felt So Young And Surrounded By Strangers.

    when i was 13, i began to develop acute diarrhea, sickness and lost my appetite totally. it didn't take long for weight to start falling from my body, so quickly. I knew i was suffering something physical, my abdominal pain and agony wasn't in my head, it was real. I was going...
    lambwath65 lambwath65
    51-55, M
    Aug 31, 2012

    im trying to improve it

    but its very difficult with no money. I have sleep apnea and low testosterone, and its difficult to deal with without money and good doctors
    awesomeguy3125 awesomeguy3125
    31-35, M
    Jul 19, 2015

    I have chronic migraines.

    I take 4 medications for them
    deleted deleted
    Sep 24, 2015

    Two and a half years ago I was diagnosed with

    Ulcerative Colitis. Then a year ago it got bumped up to Crohn's Disease. It's funny I always knew something was wrong with me since I was a little kid. I've always had stomach problems like if my brothers and I would go out we would eat the same thing but an hour later I would...
    Starkillera Starkillera
    22-25, F
    5 Responses Jul 22, 2014

    I already wrote all about this in my story "I'm

    tired of living this way," but this is gonna be a little update. Things were getting reeeeaaalllyy bad this week, hence the reason I've been on here constantly rather than at school. So I had an appointment today and they did some more bloodwork, which I'm sure will not help...
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Nov 13, 2015

    I have a chronic illness

    and feel very lonely. I want to be a wife and share my life but how???
    loveroflife44 loveroflife44
    46-50, F
    Jun 29, 2015
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