I am a recovering Web M.D. addict.
For the past several years, I have suffered from a variety of autoimmune disorders. Medical professionals have met my concerns with irritation and often rush me out of their office with bottles and tubes of medicine. Not once have these so-called experts thought about me as whole person. The last straw was this April when my primary doctor diagnosed the constant tingling sensation throughout my legs, arms, and hands (that often keeps me awake at night) as stress from school and so he prescribed Zoloft.
Here I am, almost four months later, with persistent tingling accompanied by occasional pain in my spine and lower abdomen. My hair has continued to fall out. I’m more tired than usual, even when I have had a full night’s rest. I have constant headaches, a throat that seems to always be hoarse, and splotchy skin that feels drier than normal. Did I mention that I suffered through a traumatic miscarriage at six months pregnant last year? Surely, there is something going on with me but do you think he cared? I’ve had enough of receiving shoddy healthcare.
In the past, I have tried to be as mindful as possible (especially for a twenty-three year old) about healthy versus non-healthy choices. However, I can do much better. Forget about what my medical doctor thinks of me, I love me. It’s time for me to advocate for myself. The first step is to be honest about the state of the entirety of me and how each system (i.e integumentary, endocrine, digestive, ect.) is dependent on the balance that I do or do not strike in my life.
I know that I will not be able to turn everything around overnight but what is most important is I want to change. I’m more than prepared to make it happen. For me.