I'll still write longer posts as usual when ideas come to me, but expect a post a day for the next 30 days and I'll see how constructive I can make them.
Introduce yourself. What illnesses do you have? How long have you had them?
I'm Hannah. 23 year old Brit living with my partner in historic Jorvik.
Tea monster, fantasy fanatic and spoony. Arguably spent far too much time slaying dragons.
It's hard to pin down when they appeared precisely. I started up with bowel problems and general malaise and tiredness just over two years ago, and because we have IBD in the family I spent about a year under a Gastroenterologist who unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you wish to look at it) found nothing. After the first six months or so the fatigue worsened and general all over aching and pain began to be an everyday occurrence. Phases of poor memory and concentration started to recur around this time also.
Around a year ago I developed what seemed to be an incredibly virulent and recurring UTI. Five courses of antibiotics later and it refused to vacate the premises. After a long battle I managed to obtain a referral to Urology, who listened to me talk through the chronology and symptoms for five minutes and diagnosed me on the spot.
I firmly believe if it hadn't been for an accidental (and fateful) change in the GP rota at my surgery the Fibormyalgia would be undiagnosed to this day. After listening to me the new GP did some reading about chronic pain conditions and came back to me with the pressure point test. A couple of minutes of me virtually bouncing off the walls later and we had our answer.
At the moment I'm taking Amitriptyline for the Interstitial Cystitis and a somewhat demanding exercise routine has been the only relief for the Fibromyalgia so far.
So there you have it!