Dysautonomia is a dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system which causes many symptoms, and which causes difficulties with controlling your heart rate, blood pressure, digestion, and more. This is usually life changing for many people, like me for an example.
Chronic illness, chronic pain, and mental health problems have been part of me now for the past six years, going on seven. I’ve received multiple diagnoses, and I’m not finished yet.
Over several months I had an MRI, CT, two occiptal nerve blocks, and physical therapy on my neck. It was discovered that I had a buldging disc and arthritis in my neck. One is fixable and one is not. After going over all my symptoms they diagnosed me also with occipital and trigeminal neuralgia.
Thought-out my life I have hidden my leg and made excuses, avoided questions, events and clothing etc in an exhausting attempt to portray that “I’m fine”.
As hard as this is, I have learned to turn this big old bummer into always finding the rainbow. This is my How-To-Guide of Living with Chronic Pain and Staying Happy in 5 Simple Steps, by Happy Traci!
When I turned thirty-years-old in February, I didn’t think I would be moving back home with my parents and youngest sister. I didn’t think I was going to lose my boyfriend, dog, home, job, and my ability to drive… all in one year that hasn’t even ended yet. Keep reading, I promise, it does get better.
Gemma, aged 35, runs the Instagram page Spondy Chrony Mummy. In July 2017, she was diagnosed with both Crohn’s Disease and type of arthritis called Ankylosing Spondylitis.