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Finally feeling better

Today was my last dose of steroids and yesterday was my last dose of antibiotics. I woke up feeling a lot better this morning and I didn't have my typical coughing up yucky stuff when I sat up. I haven't really coughed up much of anything today and my sinuses are just a little stuffy but mostly okay. I'm really hoping to be back to 100% tomorrow.

Of course now I've got a Crohn's flare to deal with which is typical and more easily managed than upper respiratory stuff.

#CrohnsDisease #Bronchitis #CheckInWithMe

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It’s not what the world takes away from you that matters, it’s what you do with what you have left that counts

Every day we wake up and have a (even in the times of most adversity) or let things bring you down until all you can do is frown. Feeling sorry for yourself gets you nowhere, making the most of what you have builds character, confidence and gives us a chance for a reason to smile. Every day I have to make this choice, I pride myself in having a positive attitude and when I find myself focusing on all the things that have brought me down, instead being thankful that I survived it all...but there are some days when I fail...its a lifelong journey and every day that starts with a smile is a success. Some days it takes part of the day of allowing myself to suffer that I then can hopefully shift to remembering that I am thankful for all the blessings I have in my life to be grateful for! I choose to smile today!

#ChronicPain # #ChronicIllness #physicalpain #peripheralneuropathy #backpain #neckpain #Migraine #chronicvestibularmigrain #ChronicDailyHeadache #Headache #COVID19 #covidlonghaul #Disability #mentalhealthe#SocialAnxiety #Anxiety #Depression #BipolarDisorder #Bipolar1Disorder #Bipolar2Disorder #BipolarDepression #Addiction #AddictionRecovery #HIVAIDS #longtermsurvivor #Shingles #Bronchitis #Pneumonia #PTSD #Acceptance #Happiness #Selflove #Selfcare #relief #EmotionalHealth #physicalhealth #strength #MightyMinute #IfYouFeelHopeless #Hope #MentalHealthHero #MightyTogether

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Having people that listen and respect us is so helpful and encouraging, so much better than having people who judge, or try to fix us!

I am blessed to have people in my life that are there for me, sometimes just listening and asking what they can do for me, telling me that I’m not alone, letting me know they’ll be there for me, and they love me … but what can really help us feel better about ourselves is when they just say they’re proud of us. Wonderful people in our lives can regularly remind us about everything we’re going through and how amazingly well we are handling ourselves. They can acknowledge us for what we ARE doing even when we can only see and judge ourselves for the things we’re NOT doing. Sometimes they can be there just to listen to us, sometimes they can help us get our minds off all we’re going through by lightening up the conversation and not allow us to get caught in a loop of feeling sorry for ourselves.

But we definitely can’t do this alone, things can appear insurmountable or overwhelming but if we’re lucky we have people who believe in us and are there for us when we just need them to listen and let us get our fears out in the open and talk about our pain. People can help us if they just say they feel for us and wish they could make us feel better. What I don’t think they realize is that by simply being there to walk by our side they ARE making us feel better!

You can expand your network of support by getting up the courage and then tell people that are close to you (that don’t already know) what you are dealing with, sharing what is really happening and what you are going through and then tell them how they can help. I have found most people want to help and if they decline I try not to take it personally. It’s worth the risk to get crucial support

#ChronicPain #ChronicIllness #PeripheralNeuropathy #Migraine #Headache #COVID19 #Disability #MentalHealth #Anxiety #Depression #BipolarDisorder #Bipolar1Disorder #Bipolar2Disorder BipolarDepression #Addiction #AddictionRecovery #HIVAIDS #longtermsurvivor #Shingles #Bronchitis #Pneumonia #PTSD #Selflove #Selfcare #strength #MightyMinute #IfYouFeelHopeless #Hope #MentalHealthHero #MightyTogether

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Fibromyalgia, Bronchitis, and Leg Pain

Current state...developed bronchitis almost overnight and of course we all know that makes the fibromyalgia gremlins come out to play too. Pain in my lower back and legs is crazy sore tonight...was trying to think of a way to explain it and the closest I can get is: I have walked for days and now have a fibro gremlin sticking a hot poker in my hip joints and rolling it across my lower back and knee joints. And throw in a little pins n needles-y feeling now and again.

Time for some hot tea, a snack, and some series to distract my brain until I can fall asleep. (Both my kids are sick too, so can't dose myself on pain meds because I have to be there if they need me.) Suggestions for future series/movie binge nights are welcome 🙃

#Fibromyalgia #ChronicPain #Spoonie #spooniemom #Bronchitis #Endometriosis #Neuropathy

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New to group, but very active on The Mighty. Created Multiple Health Challenges group - I myself have many emotional and physical health challenges!

I am a 56 year old living in Baltimore, MD where I deal with multiple physical and mental health challenges. I am HIV+ and a person Living with AIDS (36 years) and have dealt with Chronic pain (back and neck+), Shingles, Pneumonia, Bronchitis, and Neuropathy which almost killed me...and the depression that was amplified from dealing with the HIV diagnosis: I have deep experience dealing with pain, worry, fear, Survivor’s Guilt; weeks lost in hospitals, therapy, surgeries, being bedridden and I have lingering symptoms, so I can relate to others with almost any physical health problems that have greatly affected our lives! I am also Bipolar (diagnosed 1982) I have been mostly stable for a few decades with no manic episodes or suicidal depression. I have been hospitalized and had extreme episodes in the past and still deal with depression... so I can relate to most people with mental health problems intimately. And I have been sober for 9.5 years. All these experiences have given me deep empathy and understanding

Recently I had a big scare as I got Covid and was admitted to the hospital with 12 symptoms and was stuck in a hospital bed totally dependent on others for 8 days, then I went to a rehab facility where I basically started to learn to walk again. After intense PT there, home PT and outpatient PT I got my strength and balance back and now can go on 45 minute walks and I just rejoined a local gym to continue my recovery! Unfortunately now I am dealing with the residual side effect from Covid Long Haul with regular and intense migraines. These were very bad for a number of months and often had me stuck in the dark with no sound from waking up until bedtime, but with all the meds and other treatments they have become less frequent and less intense so if I get one I often can get it to clear in 5 hours or so... but that still takes away a whole day out of my life...BUT.... I'm still alive and once again a warrior and survivor!

#BipolarDisorder #MentalHealth #Depression #Anxiety #HIVAIDS #Addiction #SOBER #COVID19 #Migraine #PTSD #BipolarDepression #PeripheralNeuropathy #BackPain #Shingles #Pneumonia #Bronchitis #MentalHealthHero #happy #relief #Grief #LossOfAParent #AddictionRecovery #Bipolar1Disorder #ChronicIllness #ChronicPain #Disability #MultipleHealthChallenges #MightyMinute #longtermsurvivor #MightyQuestions #Hope #thankful #grateful #Acceptance #Selflove #Selfcare #IfYouFeelHopeless #Hope #strength #relief

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Survival is a challenge, a journey, a mountain, a summit, a success, then I'm thankful, then a smile and then...simple flight!

Sometimes just surviving, in and of itself is a massive victory. Sometimes it’s the best you can do...sometimes it's the only thing you can do...sometimes it's the hardest thing you can do....but it is always the most important thing you can do. It's not always easy, often a battle with ourselves, often a fight against the odds, and sometimes giving up would be the easiest thing to do. But I won't stop fighting. I am a survivor. I will never give up, I will push through, I will do whatever it takes, I will succeed when failure seems like the only option...

#ChronicPain #ChronicIllness #HIVAIDS #PTSD #PeripheralNeuropathy #Shingles #Pneumonia #Bronchitis #cdeficile #SurvivorsGuilt #AddictionRecovery #Addiction #SOBER #COVID19 #Migraine #ChronicHeadaches #Depression #Anxiety #BipolarDisorder #BipolarDepression #MentalHealth #MentalHealthHero #Survivor #Faith #happy


I’m really struggling with severe anxiety and fear I have to get a covid test tomorrow I’ve had wheezing and congestion and I’m scared it’s covid.

Please check on me I live alone this is so hard I try to drink enough water but then my stomach hurts and I fear dehydration. Who understands how I feel and what it’s like to struggle every moment thinking your dying? #PTSD #CPTSD #CPTSDinrelationships #MyalgicEncephalomyelitis #ChronicIllness #BipolarDisorder #BipolarDepression #Anxiety #Stress #alone #sad #Bipolar2Disorder #CheckInWithMe #Nofriends #scared #Upallnight #Flareup #Bronchitis #cry

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Mental & Emotional Health Check-in


Hey Mighties 👋🏼

I actually was not planning to post this as a new thought, but posting accidentally because I just stumbled across the concept of posting a new thought a moment ago. I wad trying tio resound tio another post, yet somehow ended up here.

I just wasn't to check in because I know this is a difficult time for everyone with all that's going on, but for various reasons, I know this can be an extremely difficult time for many of us here on The Mighty due to our unique illnesses and circumstances.

So... how are you all doing??

Feel free to share your thoughts, feelings, coping mechanisms, etc.… anything that you feel could help a fellow Mighty, or anything you need help with at this time. I know many of us are feeling lonely right now with the isolation and restrictions, but we have this amazing community full of support, love, and inspiration, so let's continue to be present and accountable to one another as much as we individually & collectively can be.

Here's what's going on with me…

This really is a difficult time for me because with numerous immune and autoimmune illnesses, I don't get out the house much since I'm not working right now. I've been preparing to work for the 1st time in 5 years, but having challenges with my lungs (asthma, bronchitis, ABPA, allergies) and respiratory complications all around. That means I definitely don't need to be outdoors, but they have been working on our kitchen floor for the last 2 weeks, which means I can't prepare meals in our kitchen, and there are only but so many foods I can microwave. I'm going stir-crazy with wanting to get out of the house and avoid all the drilling, hammering, sawing and more… yet it's not safe for me to go outdoors.
I'm also preparing to relocate from the East Coast to Central Time Zone in the next several months, and I can't get anything done in this apartment with the work being done, nor do I really has space and opportunity to move around the way I've recently regained strength and energy to do so.

I watch a lot of YouTube since I can't study because of all the noise, but I'm getting tired of watching YouTube now as well. I study a lot, I don't do too much TV and Internet, so all of this is driving me nuts.

Frustration and irritation or just the beginning.

❤ Ashley A.

#COVID19 #ABPA #Asthma #Bronchitis #Allergies #LungDisease #Anxiety #OCD #Isolation #Depression #MentalHealth #EmotionalHealth #NormocyticAnemia #Anemia #hashimotos #thyroiditis #Hypothyroidism #Hyperthyroidism

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Hello Again Bronchitis

I had a terrible cold for over a week that just would NOT go away smh. It kept getting worse and worse until I finally decided to drive myself to the urgent care. I did the little online check in before leaving home (as I've been there many times before and know how long the wait can be). So I get there check in at the kiosk and take a seat, about 10mins goes by and the lady at the front desk calls me up to ask which type of insurance I have, I let her know it's still the same and she tells me they no longer accept my insurance there 🙄🤬 talk about pissed! So I go out and drive myself to the hospital so I can be seen at the ER. By this time the sun has gone down and I'm coughing like crazy but my luck changed because when I get to the ER it happens to be a shift change and there's literally no one in the waiting room! They got me checked in and to the back in less than 10mins. Now I had never been to this particular hospital so of course I had to give the usual medical history rundown and long list of medications I take. But finally I get seen and told that it's not the flu, it's bronchitis, at this point I'm just thankful it's not pneumonia. Having asthma can be a pain especially during flu season because getting respiratory infections, laryngitis, pharyngitis, pneumonia and just about any "lung" related illness you can think of sometimes becomes the norm unfortunately. And to add to that the exacerbation of one chronic illness then usually leads to the exacerbation of another, so my Ménière's has been flaring like crazy and I can't hear shit besides my horrible tinnitus and I've been as dizzy as a baby deer stumbling around. I'm hoping I'm better soon.. I've been stuck in bed for days and everytime I think I'm feeling better I end up over exerting myself and end up right back in bed. Not to mention stressing myself out about an upcoming neurology appointment that already had to be pushed back once and a number of other "life" things I'm dealing with currently. I feel like crap and I'm just ready to be "better" again. 😫😫 #justventing #Anxiety #stressed #fluseason #Bronchitis #chronicasthma #MenieresDisease #bilateralmenieresdisease #vestibulardisorder #innereardisorder #ChronicPain #ChronicFatigue #HearingLoss #HardOfHearing #HOH #Tinnitus #Vertigo #dizzy #nausea #imbalance