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My life has turned completely upside down

In the earlier days, many women were placed in sanitariums for the insane. As far as I'm concerned, we haven't made nearly enough progress from those days.

Reading the stories of these women on your web site has at least helped me to know that I am not alone. For the past three years, my life has been turned completely upside down. I have been to numerous doctors, had 3 MRI's, blood work, and have been in a pharmaceutical whirl wind. I have spent thousands of dollars and all for nothing, other than to find out what I do not have or what does not work.

I have completely lost all faith in doctors and always know when I go, the answer will always be another prescription or a recommendation to seek psychiatric care. My symptoms include severe headaches, dizziness, light headedness, episodes of loss of balance, anxiety, loss of libido, uncontrollable crying for unknown reasons, depression, sleeplessness, the inability to make decisions, hot flashes, burning and twitching in the head, nasal burning, and just a constant feeling of fear of not being able to meet my obligations and getting through another day.

I always have the feeling when I go to the gynecologist that he would much rather be taking care of someone who is pregnant, and that he doesn't have a clue as to what to do for me, and is not interested in making any strides in understanding, or in making any efforts to learn about, this debilitating condition so many women are suffering through. Honestly, the only thing that has kept me going is prayer, an understanding husband, and the hope that someday it will be better.

I believe that the only way for this to get the attention it deserves, is for us to stop being ashamed of these feelings and speak out. In the earlier days, many women were placed in sanitariums for the insane. As far as I'm concerned, we haven't made nearly enough progress from those days. Keep speaking out ladies, maybe this will be easier for our daughters and granddaughters.

Erna Patton,
Oklahoma

 

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Updated  09/29/2010