This is a list of symptoms I carried for years to give a copy to neurologists, psychiatrists, rheumatologists, cardiologists — you name it.
It never felt like my lived experiences mattered and the only information processed, the only thing, that anyone read off this list was paired with the term severe mental illness and dismissed.
Yes, so once severe mental illness (PTSD & FND) caused by childhood sexual traumas was noted, the rest of this list went ignored. Though I did insist a copy go with my records. If it’s in there, I don’t know.
What I do know regardless of hospital, doctor, or emergency room I was seen — my symptoms were all viewed as a mental break and physical issues went untreated that the psychiatrist wasn’t able to address.
It amazes me still how I was left to suffer while being tossed between doctors like a…
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