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Hope For Great Doctor Found! Sharing positive doctor experiences

Hello warriors,

I wanted to put this out there because I feel like we have all had our fair share of doctors who don't listen to us or go to the easiest solution that may not even be the problem.
But what about the good doctors and people here who need hope they will find one? What prompted this was how my new doctor went out of her way to help me.
I have had chronic pain since I was a kid. I couldn't get my parents to believe me and a suffered until I found an okayish doctor at 22 who told me it was fibromyagia and treated the pain with gabapentin which was a life saver, but that is where he stopped. Every issue I had was fibro to him. I could have broken my leg and he would say fibro, but because of insurance I was stuck with this guy for 4 years before my insurance changed and I had to get all new doctors. I was afraid no one would treat me finding a primary was a nightmare, but I landed in my current PA's lap and she is AMAZING. She did labs and found autoimmune markers in my blood tests, she listened to my pain/numbness, got me tested and sent to a neurologist who is now getting me injections and physical therapy for my bulging disc, a podiatrist who is getting me incerts for achilles tendonitis/plantar fasciitis.
Yesterday she called me to let me know about my positive GI bleeding and I told her the GI doctor I was referred to said she could not get me in for 3 months... for a GI bleed! She called them and less than 5 minutes later the GI doctor calls me back and scheduled me for 2 weeks from now. 3 months to 2 weeks with her going out of her way to call them to get me in.

Have hope, good doctors are out there.
Please share positive stories if you would like.
#ChronicIllness #ChronicPain #Undiagnosed #Undiagnosed autoimmune disease #ChronicSpinePain #Fibromyalgia #StayStrong

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Dear workplace & management

These types of letters and convocations should not be an issue under normal circumstances, but we live in a world where most people are closed-minded, we live in a world where medical resources are developing at a faster rate than anyone can imagine, and we live in a world where people are judgmental of what they see.
More people are being diagnosed with chronic illness as a result of this. Which, in a perfect world, would be a comfort for a lot of people, including myself (to a degree), to finally get some answers as to why you're feeling so horrible, and in some situations, even receive some pain relief and at the very least alleviate the symptoms.

However, not everyone, particularly those in the workplace, can embrace this ideal truth. In my case, now that I'm in a work where my superiors respect me and my chronic disease, it may not be an issue on a daily basis. But, in the end, I'd like to apologize to those in management who have to deal with me taking three days off for health concerns, even though it doesn't happen very frequently (in my case).

I feel bad, of course I feel bad! But, at the end of the day, I'm working in an active job where I'm on my feet all day; it's not the ideal job for someone with two chronic illnesses, but it pays for my university, my cost of living, and my future.
I apologize if I don't always do my work to the best of my ability, as you know I can; sometimes I'm tired or want to reserve my energy for the last 3 hours of my 8 hour (or 12 hour) shift. I'll use any opportunity to sit down, whether it's to use the restroom or to clean the bottom of the refrigerator. I'm exhausted and in pain, but I provide excellent service to my customers.

To my coworkers whose shift was abruptly changed after I called in ill, whose shift with me wasn't up to par because I was having a poor day, and who can't fully rely on me since my brain isn't working.
But one thing I've learned from having a chronic illness and working full-time is that I'm not sorry for taking care of my body, for taking a sick day, and, most importantly, for my chronic illness, because when I leave those restaurant doors at the end of the day, I leave my coworkers, managers, and upper management behind, and I'll always take my chronic illness with me.

From an extremely appreciative employee that enjoys their job and would never want to cause any trouble under any circumstances
#ChronicIllness #Workplace #Thoughts #Lupus #MultipleSclerosis #Fibromyalgia #ChronicFatigue #StayStrong #YouGotThis

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Battle torn wolf

Though his eyes may sometimes look broken, his soul is far stronger than anything you've ever seen.
He's a battle torn wolf covered in scars. But they're a reminder to the world of the hell that tried to break him.
Though you may see tears run down his face,if you look close enough, you'll see the determination of his soul to keep on fighting.
Though his demons may roam freely in his mind these days, quietly, he endures and suffers the pain.
Surviving in silence.
He never knew how strong he was until strength was the only thing that kept him alive.
He was bound to spend his life alone, fighting off enemies, including himself.
But as he wandered the darkness,he still thirsted for love.
#Bipolar2Disorder #Depression #BipolarDepression #BrainInjury #StayStrong #PTSD

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5 Things I Do That Helps Me

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Happy Valentine's Day

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Sharing my story for those who are struggling and for all the survivors

hello everyone for those of you who are new to me my name is saida I am 25 years old and I am a survivor I am a survivor of abuse I am a survivor of child molestation I am a survivor of childhood rape I am a survivor of sexual assaults and domestic violence and I am a survivor of many more things as well

I am raising my voice to help others who struggle and feel alone I want to show others that you are not alone and you are never alone

You are not alone in your struggles

You are not alone in your recovery journey

You are not alone in your healing journey

You are loved and supported

I am a advocate for all I am a podcaster I am a writer I am a author and so much more

If you would like to read my story and learn more about my journey here’s the link to my story

You can also access all of my other material I have done as well from podcast episodes I have done and my books I have published as well

#StayStrong #NeverGiveUp

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Things CAN Get Better #Depression #StayStrong #Hope

I think I'll always live in a little fear of falling back into a suicidal depression where I just didn't want to be here. But, thank God, I'm not there right now! I just wanted to encourage whoever needs to hear this that things CAN get better.

Had I not survived my depression, I would not know my new daughter-in-law (amazing woman) or get to see my son start his own family and be so proud of him. I would not get to watch my daughter make progress with her chronic health issues. I would not understand how to minimize my back problems and be able to get out and do things (at least for short periods). I don't know if I'll ever be "healthy" again as far as my back goes, but I can enjoy outside and fresh air again. I even got a new job... and am learning how to deal with the stress of it. Had I not survived, I would not have started writing again (I started a writing blog!), a passion I had, then lost, and have regained. I would not be able to support my wife, who is the caregiver for her mother, who is suffering from cognitive decline and will likely go into full dementia in the future.

Stay strong and Mighty! I'm in a good place because I survived. I couldn't do anything except survive from day-to-day (even though I didn't really want to). But I did - with your encouragement! I'm in a good place now... and want to send all that encouragement back to you! Hang in there! Safe hugs to all who need them!

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