The Mammogram Saga – Finally Full Circle!

Looking back I found the last entry in this series was in August of last year and was titled "The Mammogram Saga Comes To An End." Well, I thought it had but apparently, even when a biopsy is negative for cancer they still repeat tests 6 months later to be sure. So, I had another …

Reblog – Sentenced to Death: When a New Pain is Dismissed Because of Your Chronic Illness

This is such an important read for those with and without chronic illness. I can relate to every word.

Lydia!

The Disabled Diva's Blog

Sentenced to Death:

When a New Pain is Dismissed Because of Your Chronic Illness

By: Cynthia

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I’ve lost count of the number of times a new health issue has been dismissed by medical professionals.  They have blamed my chronic illnesses, weight, depression, and any alternative treatment that wasn’t their idea or prescribed by them.  Today I am going to share a few examples of how the healthcare system has failed me time and again what needs to be done.  Not every new health issue was life threatening, but there was still a death.  In all these examples a portion of my life was murdered because of the time I had to spend seeking answers and help.

  1. Pain and immobility in my right knee.  For eight years doctors blamed my weight and lack of exercise. Final diagnosis? Loose cartilage and bone fragments that were getting caught in the joint.  Surgery was…

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Reblog – Was Depression to Blame for My Chronic Pain?

Having dealt with both depression and chronic pain, I relate to all that Cynthia has shared here. I have had medical doctors blame my mental conditions more than once.

Lydia!

The Disabled Diva's Blog

Was Depression to Blame

for My Chronic Pain?

By: Cynthia

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Is depression painful? Yes!  Can depression cause physical pain?  Yes!  Was depression the source of my chronic pain from fibromyalgia, psoriatic arthritis, psoriasis, degenerative disc disease, endometriosis, and coccydynia?  NO!!

Many of us who suffer from one or more painful chronic illnesses battle depression at least once during our chronic lives.  However, I am curious how many were depressed prior to chronic pain becoming apart of their daily lives.  I wasn’t.  I did battle depression three years prior to being diagnosed with fibromyalgia and psoriatic arthritis.  At that time I was struggling to conceive my youngest child and it was no longer an issue once I became pregnant.  While going through that period of my life I had been diagnosed with psoriasis, but my doctor and I both dismissed my increased inflammation and joint pain on my depressive state.  Had either of us taken my symptoms seriously I do believe I…

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