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October 10, 2022

The unpredictable nature of autoimmune conditions and inflammatory diseases, combined with nonspecific symptoms such as fatigue and pain, means the road to diagnosis for people with chronic illnesses can be long. For me, it was over 10 years.When I first went to the doctor with exhaustion, diarrhea, bleeding, and stomach pain, I was working full time as a preschool assistant. While the other symptoms were horribly debilitating, I was most concerned about the fatigue. Being alert was a must for the safety of the children in my care, yet all I wanted to do was sleep.If there's one thing more miserable than being ill, it's being ill and not knowing why. The more time it takes to figure out a treatment plan that works, the harder it can be on a person. People with chronic illness or pain are more likely to suffer with mental-health problems compared to the general population, and considering the battle it took me to get a diagnosis, it's easy to see why.Read the full story by Katey Lovell at the link in our bio.(Credit: Getty Images)
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