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Is Your Doctor Stuck In The 1800s?

Medical misogyny seems to have a tragic love affair with chronic illness, that endures to this day. So tighten your corsets, grab your eye glass, and join me on a whimsical journey to go over some of the telltale signs that your doctor may have graduated from the Freudian Pyschomedical School For Men!

1. The Instant Hysteria Diagnosis: If you find yourself presenting with symptoms such as fatigue, pain, or a mood disorder, and your doctor's first inclination is to declare that you are suffering from "hysteria," or “illness anxiety” as it’s been rebranded, it's time to check if there's a horse drawn carriage parked outside their office. We’ve come a long way since Freud's days, and "hysteria" is no longer a valid catch all diagnosis for any ailment that might befall us womb and ovary havers.

2. The Trauma Theory: It seems to be a truth universally acknowledged, that a female with a difficult to diagnose ailment, must be suffering from strife. However little known the feelings or views of such a woman may be on her own mental health and well being, this truth is so well fixed in the minds of some physicians, that she is considered as the rightful owner of having Unresolved Traumatic Issues.
* Notably, The Trauma Theory seldom (if ever), holds a spot in the antiquated physician’s diagnostic toolkit for men.

3. The Prescribed Bed Rest Cure: If your doctor recommends bed rest as the ultimate cure, you have probably wandered into a Jane Austen novel. Bed rest might have been the go to treatment for delicate 19th century ladies with the vapours, but us modern chronic illness sufferers need more than a fainting couch on which to recover.

4. The Medical Mansplaining Phenomenon: If your doctor dismisses your symptoms as "all in your head" or "just stress," you’re likely teetering on the edge of The Instant Hysteria Diagnosis.

5. The Female Frailty Fallacy: Should your doctor suggest that your chronic illness is simply a result of your delicate female constitution, you may want to remind them that women have been giving birth by squatting down in fields and kitchens for centuries, before calmly returning to their work.

6. The Quick-to-Quip Quack: If your doctor's go to response to your chronic pain or invisible illness is a condescending joke or a dismissive one liner, you may want to check whether their medical diploma predates the Napoleonic Wars.

7. The "It's Probably Just Your Period" Prognosis: If your doctor attributes every symptom you report to your menstrual cycle, you might have a time travelling physician on your hands. It's time to remind him that we are more than our ovaries and wombs, and that he probably needs a permit for the horse and carriage parked outside his office.

8. The Male Pain Scale: If your doctor seems to measure your pain on a male-centric scale, where a man's pain is always considered more severe, it's possible that he's been stuck in the 1800s for quite some time. Time to find a physician who believes that pain is pain, no matter your gender.

9. The Blame The Victim Verdict: If your doctor is quick to blame your lifestyle choices for your chronic illness without considering other factors, you might want to consider if he's been trapped in a time loop since the Victorian era. While lifestyle choices might impact our health, gone are the days when Cola literally contained cocaine, and heroin laced cough syrup was prescribed to children.

10. The You Just Need To Have a Baby Prescription: If your doctor's solution to your irregular monthly cycle, ovarian cysts, or endometriosis, is to suggest that you simply need to have a child in order to sort your gynaecological issues out, you may want to check if there's a DeLorean parked outside. Having a baby is a long term commitment, and it’s doubtful that your doctor actually has the ability to travel back to the future in order to take back their ill informed advice!

While medical misogyny and its impact on women with chronic illnesses is no laughing matter, I hope that some of these facepalm worthy diagnoses have given you a fun break from your smelling salts! And, that when it comes to medical misogyny we are most certainly not alone, so please feel free to share some of your own experiences in the comments 🩶

#ChronicPain #ChronicIllness #MedicalTrauma #ChronicFatigue #MyalgicEncephalomyelitis #Endometriosis #OvarianCyst #PolycysticOvarianSyndrome #DistractMe

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I just turned 39. I have CRPS (2 years in), Degenerative Disc Disease, Depression & Anxiety, PTSD, Spinal Stenosis, Degenerative Osteoarthritis, Spondylisis, Chronic Migraines, Fibromyalgia, Kidney Disease, Ovarian Cysts that burst and come back sporadically, Vitamin D & Potassium Deficiencies. There’s more but those are the ones I can think of right now. I have lived with all of these for about 15 years, except when I thought I couldn’t handle a bit more pain, CRPS invited itself into the fold. Why not, right? PAIN IS WHAT I HAVE! Just like most of you on this site. I guess I’m typing this so I don’t shoot myself in the head. I’m a single mother of 4. Car accident survivor, domestic violence survivor, brutally raped by more than one person, more than one time in my life survivor, one of my children is the product of rape and attempted murder survivor. With all the physical and emotional pain, medications have been my lifeline for about 15 years now. They keep my mind from going off the deep end, but as of now, I have one foot off the cliff. I was taking CBD Oil from my pharmacy. It helped so much in combination with all my meds. When I took my drug test, it came up as THC. This is illegal in Kentucky. So how is CBD Oil legal? No wonder it helped me so much! The doctor took away ALL PAIN & ANXIETY MEDS. My spinal cord stimulator helps a lot but it’s currently maxed out. I feel like my medical records are now tainted and no doctor is ever going to help me. WTF am I here for? To live in agony and never get out of bed again? #ComplexRegionalPainSyndrome #ChronicDepression #PTSD #AnkylosingSpondylitis #Migraine #Arthritis #OvarianCyst #Fibromyalgia #KidneyDisease

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Chronic pain for 3 years and I'm only 22

I've had chronic pain for 3 years in my lower right abdomen and now it's causing my right lower back pain. Over this time I've had an endoscopy where a hiatus hernia was found but is not the source of my pain. At the weekend I had a transvaginal ultrasound due to my many gynae related symptoms and they found a fibroma on my left ovary. This is also no the cause of my pain according to my doctors. I've had blood test after blood test with no abnormalities except low vitamin D levels which is now being treated. Today my GP has said my pain could be from a trapped nerve and now I have more medication on top of the 10+ medications I'm already on. I'm only 22 I'm in agony every day at the moment and my tramadol isn't working well anymore. What can I do to make the doctors listen? What do you think could be causing this? How do you manage your chronic pain? I'm at the point now where I'm going to have to take a break from my Nursing degree because I'm so debilitated all I can do is lie in bed writhing in pain and vomiting. The doctors won't give me stronger pain relief either, how can I make them understand?

#ChronicPain #BackPain #abdominalpain #Pain #ChronicIllness #hiatushernia #OvarianCyst

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Ovarian Fibroma

I've just been diagnosed with an Ovarian Fibroma. I'm in alot of pain with it but my Dr won't give me anything stronger than tramadol. Anyway what is your experience with Ovarian fibroma and what treatment and investigations where done for you? I'd just like to know so I can prepare myself which will make me feel less anxious. I'm off to see the gynaecologist tommorow. #OvarianCyst #fibroma #Tumor #ovaries #HealthAnxiety #lump


I am so sick off toddler parenting life. I hate it. I cry every day and I can’t wait til she’s more independent.

Venting and looking for validation here not solutions. *Also would prefer if people kept their advice to themselves, and please don’t gaslight me in anyway.*

*Trigger warning: suicide ideation, sexual, physical, and emotional abuse.*

She invades my physical boundaries, which triggers memories of sexual and physical abuse. I work so hard to be a positive parent and to break the generational trauma of emotional and physical abuse from my family. I always feel like I’m falling short, but my therapist and PCP have both reassured me that I’m the best mom for my daughter and that she was meant to be parented by me, and of course I love her dearly. I just hope, pray, and meditate on that in these younger years of hers goes faster cus right now I have a hard time seeing out of this forest of turmoil, frustration, discomfort, and anger.

I also am medically complicated and severe chronic pain flares up during times of stress and with the added stress of toddler parenting, my cycling and pain has gotten so worse and more frequently. I rapid cycle every couple weeks to a month, and lately it’s been dysphoric mania for a couple/few days. I miss euphoric mania and hypo mania. I have cptsd on top of my bipolar, so I frequently have disrupted thoughts and flashbacks.

All of this is so exhausting and I know I’m not alone, and I’m gonna keep fighting the fight, but that doesn’t take away from the suckyness of my current state. I have suicidal ideation that group therapy, individual therapy, meds, diet changes, exercise, even medical marijuana hasn’t been able to shake. I am stressed to the max every second of the day unless I have time away from her while I’m at an appointment or something, but even then there’s a dark shadow around me because I know what I’m gonna have to go back to.

#BipolarDepression #Bipolar1Disorder #CPTSD #FibromyalgiaDiagnosis #CentralSensitizationSyndrome #Neuropathy #OvarianCyst #adhesions #brokentailbone #Recovery #Anxiety #Depression #SexualAbuse #RapeSurvivors #CarpalTunnelSyndrome #Tendonitis #Trauma


Pep talk?

Hey everyone,

I need to go though another round of medical care. We moved and I have specialists in my known diseases I need to get established with, and I have new and alarming symptoms which may have serious causes that need to be evaluated.

Even though I'm being treated well currently by my medical providers, and have real diagnoses for the symptoms that were originally called psychosomatic, I'm having a lot of trouble trusting and not having panic attacks. I'm worried any little thing I say is going to make them change their minds and not help me because it's "psychosomatic", and I desperately want and need help right now. I don't want to keep being this sick, and if the knots can be untied slowly and in the right order, Lord willing perhaps I don't have to be this sick.

So how do I do it? How do I get through medical care without losing my mind?

Anyone have a good pep talk? :-) ❤️

#RareDisease #Disability #LivingWithPOTS #PsoriaticArthritis #PeriodicParalysis #Anxiety #PanicDisorder #CPTSD #AntiphospholipidSyndrome #Dysautonomia #MalDeDebarquementSyndrome #OvarianCyst #VonWillebrandDisease #CheckInWithMe


Ovarian Torsion

I experienced ovarian torsion on Sunday. I was in the ER most of yesterday. I have a 5cm ovarian cyst. One doctor was talking surgery. Once he left they basically said because of my "complex surgical history" they were sending me home to wait it out. 🙃🥲 #OvarianCyst #ovariantorsion #EmergencyRoom #NecrotizingFasciitis #Sepsis


So, I had a lap last Monday and I am already having the same pain as before the surgery. Anyone else experience this? They drained my ovarian cyst....

#Endometriosis #OvarianCyst #laparoscopy

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In a bad place right now... (picture: because who doesn’t love a cat in her own stroller? Lol)❤️💕🐱🐶💪🥰🤗

I’m anxious. I’m leaving in an hour to go to the hospital for an urgent MRI on my brain. I’m having the MRI at 10:30pm. The symptoms I’m having, of course, are scary in itself and the fact I need to go now, but that’s actually not what is bothering me the most. Covid is pretty bad where I am right now. The hospitals are over run with Covid admissions and they are trying to make as much room as they can by sending patients to field hospitals and anywhere else that there’s room. I’m pretty much walking into a burning building as far as infection goes because the one I have to go to is one of the worst out breaks in my province. I can’t have anyone come with me for support so my husband will drop me off and wait the few hours in the car. If anyone has had a brain MRI, it’s more terrifying than most MRIs because you have to wear a cage-like contraption on your head/face while you’re already trapped in a tiny space for up to 60 minutes and you can’t move. I’m hoping I won’t have to wear a mask inside the machine as well. The last time I had one done 5 years ago, I was able to take an Ativan to calm (and it was still scary!). But this time, because of my symptoms and blood issues I can’t take anything. I’m have terrible coughing spasms (not Covid related) so I don’t know how I’m going to manage that when I’m not supposed even move. I think this is warranted anxiety, but obviously still unpleasant. My parents had to take my dog to look after her for me for a couple days, so I don’t have that important support. My cat is wonderful but she gives love on her terms only lol 🤷‍♀️ Any kind words or wishes would be appreciated ❤️💕💪 #Anxiety #BipolarDisorder #ADHD #PTSD #EatingDisorders #SensoryIssues #InflammatoryBowelDiseaseIBD #Allergies #SinusTachycardia #Hypertension #GastroesophagealRefluxDisease #ChronicPain #Nerve and joint pain #geneticblooddisorder #chroniccough #nausea #involuntarymovements #rashes #Fatigue #AutoimmuneDisease #DryMouth #Nightsweats #Endometriosis #kidneycysts #OvarianCyst #enlargedlymphnodes #Virus #Infection #CannabisCorner #MedicalCannabis #Isolation #Loneliness #nightterrors


Prayer request

Hey All! I am having an orange size ovarian mass removed Wednesday morning along with a total hysterectomy. If you could send me some post hysterectomy tips and pray that the surgery goes well and the mass isn’t cancerous that would be amazing! #OvarianCyst #Hysterectomy #EhlersDanlosSyndrome #PMDD #InterstitialCystitis #Scoliosis #InflammatoryBowelDiseaseIBD #PosturalOrthostaticTachycardiaSyndrome #MastCellActivationDisorder