Are you always complaining about something bothering you? Some might say you're a hypochondriac, but there might be some truth to your complaints.
"According to a survey by the Autoimmune Diseases Association, over 45 percent of patients with autoimmune diseases have been labeled chronic complainers in the earliest stages of their illness. In addition, another AARDA survey found that it takes most autoimmune patients up to 4.6 years and nearly 5 doctors before receiving a proper autoimmune disease diagnosis.
Despite these statistics, autoimmune diseases remain among the most poorly understood and poorly recognized of any category of illness. Individual diseases range from the benign to the severe. To help women live longer and healthier lives, a better understanding of these diseases is needed, as well as better, more effective methods of diagnosis and treatment."
I am fascinated by how many people go to multiple doctors, searching for a proper diagnosis. I so relate, because to me vertigo is SO untouched. It baffles doctors and patients and friends and family close to someone who suffers on the inside. Anyone with a chronic illness that is internal will agree that it sucks. Plain sucks to suffer in silence. I'm sure you've heard this a million times, "but you don't look sick."
Do not give up. If you have to assemble a team of healers to find the right diagnosis, forge ahead! At one point in my life, I had an Acupuncturist, Food allergist, Digestive Specialist, Endocrinologist, Cranial Sacral Therapist, Therapist, Neurologist, Oncologist and an OB-GYN collaborating and the result was still inconclusive. Doctors told me, "it's nutrition, dehydration, low blood sugar, crystals in the ear, central nervous system, hormones, food allergies, anxiety and depression."
There were moments that I'd look in the mirror and say, "I don't want to go on anymore if I have this for the rest of my life." Then I'll have a good cry, talk about it or write it down and keep on keepin' on.
Finding the right diagnosis takes an average of 5 years! SO if you've reached that point or traveled past it, keep going. Keep searching. Never give up. Join support groups, educate yourself, talk to others, stay interested, don't pull back and when you're just about to give up, keep going.