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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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An Off Day by Alyson Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Today is what I call an "off day." It's my lunch break, and I feel terrible. My head hurts, the lymph nodes in my neck are hurting, my body feels achy, and all I want to do ri ... Read on »
An Ugly Lesson in US History by Alyson Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome My mother, a Japanese-American, was born in the Topaz Internment Camp (located near Delta, Utah) where her parents (also born in the United States) and extended family w ... 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 »
Another Itchy Update by Alyson Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome I'm happy to report that the itching is loads better than it was when this whole ordeal started. I'm still getting itchy spells, but they are not nearly as intense or long-las ... Read on »
Back at Work but Still Under the Weather by Alyson Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome This is my second day back at work this week, and I'm on my lunch break. My body is still working very hard to fight off whatever it is I've had for the past several days. I f ... Read on »
Back from the Midwestern US by Alyson Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome I'm back from my whirlwind business trip to the Midwestern United States. In just one week, I visited Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Ohio. I saw so many corn fiel ... Read on »
Back in the Saddle Again...I Think... by Alyson Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Hello everyone! I'm finally back at work. Actually, I've been back since the beginning of this month, but I just haven't had the mental strength to write a post. ... Read on »
Being Social and Having Hope by Alyson Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome It turns out this weekend was pretty much a lost weekend (as usual). I've slept more hours than I've been awake. On the upside, on Saturday I managed to accompany my husband K ... Read on »
Blogging for Invisible Illness Week by Alyson Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Yesterday marked the start of National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week, so I am blogging for invisible illness awareness. I was supposed to blog yesterday ... Read on »
Childhood Dreams by Alyson Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome It occurred to me the other day that I don't actually know what it's like to be a healthy adult. Believe it or not, this realization was startling to me. Most of ... Read on »
Continuation of the Now What's by Alyson Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome I went to see my GI doctor (who is awesome, by the way) on Monday to discuss why my iron level went down (and possibly understand why my hair is falling out). See Now What?! ( ... Read on »
Controversy & Needing a Laugh by Alyson Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome After reading about a recent controversy in the CFS community, I was saddened by all the anger on both sides. In a nutshell, a dramatic ME/CFS recovery story was posted ... Read on »
Current Medications and Supplements by Alyson Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome During one of my phone conversations with the Georgetown research people, I was asked to email them a list of my current medications and supplements. I kept putting this off u ... Read on »
Dipping a Toe in the Alternative Medicine Waters (Part I) by Alyson Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome My journey down the path of alternative medicine began due to the influence of my current doctor. She is an Internal Medicine doctor who treats many patients with HIV/AIDS o ... Read on »
Dipping a Toe in the Alternative Medicine Waters (Part I) by Alyson Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome My journey down the path of alternative medicine began due to the influence of my current doctor. She is an Internal Medicine doctor who treats many patients with HIV/AIDS or ... Read on »
Discovery: XMRV Retrovirus Linked to CFS by Alyson Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Image of XMRV from Whittemore Peterson Institute Wow! This discovery is all over the news. Check out these articles: Scientific American"Retrovirus ... Read on »
Disney on Wheels by Alyson Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome My husband Kenny and I went to Disneyland (and Disney's California Adventure) over Memorial Day weekend (about a week and a half ago) to celebrate our fourth wedding annivers ... Read on »
Education is Key by Alyson Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome When I first started getting sick in my early 20's, I disregarded the symptoms. I thought I was just feeling "under the weather," so I did what any normal, healthy twentysomet ... Read on »
EEG Tomorrow by Alyson Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Tomorrow I have the EEG the epilepsy specialist (a.k.a. epileptologist...I think) ordered for me. I'm looking forward to this latest EEG because I'm hoping it will help giv ... Read on »