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Are you kidding me?????????? Self-diagnosis can be dangerous, don’t you try and make it seem like a positive thing. It’s NOT. DOCTORS AND DOCTORS ALONE should diagnose people. For fuck’s sake.
Holy fuck is this person insane? Hell, I -am- Autistic and I would NEVER fucking recommend self-diagnosis.That shit AINT healthy.
self-diagnosing drives me nucking futs. i have (yes a doctor says it and everything) CFS, fibro, RSI and (potentially) a bit of arthritis in my hip (keep getting negatives on the blood tests but problem is still there, tbd, etc.) and if i had a quid for every time someone has just read a list of symptoms for any of those things and decided they have it with absolutely NO medical advice whatsoever.. well, i wouldn’t need sick pay, put it that way.
sit down children i shall tell you a story. you do not have something because you read a list of symptoms on the fucking internet, right? you’re a bit tired, well - indeed it could be CFS/Fibro, let us not discount that - but it could also be any other illness you care to mention. a virus, one of those niggly infections that won’t go away hell, even post-viral fatigue which is as close as damnit to CFS without it being as long lasting (fatigue has to persist, and i mean literally cannot move for shit, stuck in bed, going outside is literally impossible kind of fatigue for over 6 months before an official diagnosis of CFS) the thing that some people fail to realise is that this isn’t just feeling run down. imagine the most exhausted you’ve ever been, and then try and wade through a river of treacle while you’re trying not to sleep on your feet. THAT is what CFS feels like. The same with fibro, it’s not just joint and muscle pain, it is being so tender that you cannot even be touched, and god help you if someone catches a tender spot (my cat does frequently) because it will send you rocketing away from whatever causes the pain as fast as your little legs will carry you (WHICH, BY THE BY, IS NOT VERY FUCKING FAR)
a doctor doesn’t just sit down and decide you have these things, oh no. you have to have blood test after blood test after blood test to make sure these symptoms aren’t fucking progressive, bone cracking arthritis or arse cancer or something, and the months of fucking waiting, waiting because you feel like you’ve been hit by a fucking truck on a constant. fucking. basis. and you start to think “well fuck, if it’s nothing, how am i still so ill? AM I GOING CRAZY?!!” which of course leads to even more worry which then exacerbates everything. if six months go by, and still nothing, then they will start to consider the possibility of CFS but it is only when absolutely every other disease is ruled out that they come to that conclusion. the trouble then with CFS though is that there are no hard and fast rule when it comes to treatment so you’re just on a diet of painkillers and tablets to prevent the painkillers’ dreadful effects on your stomach. luckily for me, because things had gotten to the extent where i was in sheer agony every day, i was then referred to the pain doctor, who after a trigger point check - which meant the doctor shoving his fingers in the most painful points of my body and me trying to jump across the room away from it - i got diagnosed with fibro. (ANOTHER COMMON MISCONCEPTION: fibromyalgia is just pain. NOPE! fibromyalgia is not just pain, it is a neural condition which means that your nerves feel on fire pretty much constantly. not just pain receptors but your entire body is in a state of arousal - and not in the fun way! that means panic attacks, the shakes, EXTREME reactions to hot and cold temperatures and lots of other fun little quirks that your body now has) NOW. it’s 5 years on from the CFS diagnosis, and two years on from the fibro diagnosis and i’m not better. i’m managing it better, but i’m not better. i’m still in a ton of pain and taking a fucking handbag full of medication every day - to help me sleep, to help my nerves, to help the pain, to help me get from my bed down the stairs. THAT is the reality of a condition like that, and i will tell you this for nothing, what you’ve read on webMD is only scratching the fucking surface of what this is like. You have no. fucking. idea.
on top of that, people with these conditions have to deal with stigma like you wouldn’t believe (“it’s all in your head!” “oh everyone gets tired!” - no fuck you) and a big part of that is because people who do not have the first FUCKING IDEA about the condition and it is exacerbated by people looking up the symptoms and deciding you have it. believe me, if you had it, you would fucking KNOW you had it - and you’ll wish you never did.
Thus endeth the rant. don’t self-diagnose ANYTHING. you will almost certainly misdiagnose yourself (because YOU AREN’T A FUCKING DOCTOR, DICKHEAD) and decide you have something far worse, or even more worryingly for you, better than you actually have. if you think you are developing any symptoms of anything, the best thing you can possibly do is GO AND SEE A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL. sometimes just even talking to someone to put your mind at ease can help. DOCTOR GOOGLE IS NOT YOUR FRIEND, AND IF YOU GOOGLE YOUR SYMPTOMS AND HELP CREATE STIGMA FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE ACTUALLY ILL, I AM NOT YOUR FRIEND EITHER.
thank you goodbye