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Alyson

Somewhere, Texas
I'm a thirtysomething female, and I've suffered from a number of chronic illnesses for my entire adult life, including allergies, asthma, eczema, GERD, IBS, ME/CFS, migraines, myopathy (muscle weakness), PCOS, pre-diabetes, and more. Most recently, a rheumatologist diagnosed me with a... Full Bio
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The 2013 Roller Coaster and Hope for 2014 by Alyson Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Last year (2013) was a bit of a roller coaster.  It started and ended a bit rocky but had a fantastic middle.  The year began with my divorce.  I then enjo ... Read on »
Three Things I'm Thankful For by Alyson Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Image from http://savingmorethanme.com/2013/10/vintage-thanksgiving/ I'm Thankful for... Improved health (and doctors who listen).  I mis ... Read on »
Part III: Almost Normal by Alyson Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Hello folks! I'm so sorry about my long absence.  This time I've been away because I've been feeling good and have been out and about almost like a normal person. ... Read on »
Part II: It Still Might Be Lupus or Not... by Alyson Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome I have to apologize for taking so long to follow up with my last blog post. I took a bit of a hiatus from blogging (as I do from time to time) to focus on myself. ... Read on »
Part I: Um, So It Might Be Lupus... by Alyson Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Wow.  This month has been full of medical drama with skin biopsies, ignorant nurses, and arrogant dermatologists with a couple of amazingly awesome doctors sprinkled in. ... Read on »
Not Mitochondrial Disease. Probably Not Lupus, but... by Alyson Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome I'm up later than usual because I was home sick and slept nearly all day.   Yesterday I received the last of my nuclear DNA test results.  After both my ... Read on »
Angry and Frustrated by Alyson Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome If you're a regular reader, you'll know that I'm a generally positive, happy person. I know this might come as a shock to some, but I'm still human! I have my share of pi ... Read on »
No Skin Biopsy for Lupus. Blood Test Instead. by Alyson Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome I didn't have the skin biopsy after all. When I got to the doctor, she did not think the rash was "active" enough to warrant a biopsy, so she ordered an ANA blood ... Read on »
Looking for Lupus AGAIN?! by Alyson Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome I know I still have to write an update on my nuclear DNA and CoQ10 tests, but something more pressing has come up that I thought I should blog about... I'm getting ... Read on »
Giant Potholes in the Road of Life by Alyson Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome There is a road not far from my house that has the worst potholes in the world. I'm talking about jaw-breaking, brain-rattling caverns that shock me every time I drive o ... Read on »
Trips to Immunologist and Hematologist by Alyson Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome In case you're not a regular reader or it's just been too long since I've talked about it, I have been on a mission in recent years to get answers.  I've gone from speci ... Read on »
Happy Holidays by Alyson Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Image from http://hellogiggles.com/hanukkah-is-not-jewish-christmas-and-other-holiday-irks Happy Holidays!  I have many updates to post. ... Read on »
Mitochondrial Disease Testing Update by Alyson Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Image from the Muscular Dystrophy Association This year I have been on a mission to get answers.  My journey lead me to a rheumatologist who ... Read on »
Part III: My Seriously Serious UTI Treatment by Alyson Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome WARNING: Some people may find the pictures in this post too graphic because they show needles in my arm.  See Part I and Part II for background on this post.  What ... Read on »
Part II: My Very Worst Urinary Tract Infection by Alyson Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Having complications of seemingly simple issues seems to be the story of my life.  I can't just have a tonsillectomy, I have to have complications that send me to ... Read on »
Part I: My Very First Urinary Tract Infection by Alyson Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome WARNING: I include some medical-related descriptions that sensitive people might find graphic. Read at your own risk! Peeing blood is probably one of the most dist ... Read on »
Still Here! by Alyson Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome I'm sorry about the long silence.  Things have been rough lately.  A series of unfortunate events have distracted me from blogging.  In a nutshell, my favorite uncle pas ... Read on »