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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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Supplements Working or Placebo Effect? by Alyson Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome I seem to have more energy lately.  I've been able to do more chores around the house like dishes and laundry.  To a normal healthy person, dishes and laundry migh ... Read on »
Ugh! Non-Specific Results by Alyson Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome This is the story of my life -- non-specific symptoms, inconclusive results. Ugh! MUSCLE BIOPSY RESULTS I went to the neurologist this afternoon to get my muscle bi ... Read on »
Waiting Anxiety by Alyson Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome This is the story of my life -- non-specific symptoms, inconclusive results. Ugh! MUSCLE BIOPSY RESULTS I went to the neurologist this afternoon to get my musc ... Read on »
Quick Note: Biopsy Results Tomorrow by Alyson Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome After more than SIX WEEKS, I am finally going to get my muscle biopsy results...tomorrow.  I just made the appointment on Tuesday, and these last few days seem longer tha ... Read on »
Still Waiting for Results by Alyson Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome WARNING: If you scroll down, you'll see a photo taken today of the biopsy site.  If medical photos make you queasy, don't look! It's been four weeks since the ... Read on »
Waiting for Biopsy Results by Alyson Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome I hate waiting... ...and waiting... ...and waiting... for medical test results.  It's been three weeks since my biopsy, and I'm still waiting for res ... Read on »
Healing Slowly from Biopsy (with photos) by Alyson Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome WARNING: If you scroll down, you will see an actual photo of the biopsy site.  It is stitched closed, but if medical images upset or disturb you, don't look! The hea ... Read on »
My Achin' Bicep by Alyson Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome WARNING: This entry may be too graphic for those who are sensitive to reading about medical procedures.  Let me just say that the muscle biopsy I had on Tuesday was ... Read on »
Muscle Biopsy Scheduled by Alyson Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Well, I've scheduled my muscle biopsy.  I was able to get an appointment for Tuesday, February 21 -- sooner than I expected.  That's next week! I'm honestly very ner ... Read on »
Random Thoughts - Waiting for Answers by Alyson Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome After so many false alarms with my health, especially in the last few years, I'm just not sure how to react any more to possible new diagnoses. I feel like I've been on a ... Read on »
Myopathy Suspected, Biopsy Ordered by Alyson Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome The title pretty much sums it up.  On Friday I had my follow-up appointment with the neurologist who specializes in neuromuscular diseases.  My blood work was norma ... Read on »
Mitochondrial Myopathy? by Alyson Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome I saw the neurologist who specializes in neuromuscular diseases about a week and a half ago.   I was impressed that she took such an extremely thorough medical history.  ... Read on »
It's not Lupus, but... by Alyson Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Has it really been two months since my last post?  I really have no idea how time can be passing so quickly...sheesh!  Well, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy Ne ... Read on »
What I'm Thankful For by Alyson Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Despite all my latest health issues, I still have things to be thankful for. Here's my Top Ten list My health. When it comes down to it, I am still thankful for the ... Read on »
Lupus or Not? by Alyson Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome I had my appointment with the "specialist" today.  I put quotation marks around "specialist" because I'm using that term loosely. It turns out that she was another derma ... Read on »
I'm Losing My Hair (Part II): Visit to the Dermatologist by Alyson Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome My visit to the dermatologist on Friday, November 11 was a blur because I was just so shocked that she could easily see my hair loss. I didn't even have the chance to te ... Read on »
I'm Losing My Hair (Part I) by Alyson Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome I apologize for the long periods between posts. This year has been a difficult one with all sorts of unpleasant surprises. Just a few weeks after my photoallergic rea ... Read on »
September Already? July was Itchy. by Alyson Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome I'm really not sure how it got to be September. Didn't I just write about being bloated? I got my results back and it turns out I did have candida overgrowth. Soooooo ... Read on »
I'm Bloated, Not Pregnant by Alyson Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Hello faithful readers! My apologies for the slow down in posting.I have been putting most of my energy into getting better, so I've slowed down on the blogging. Don't worr ... Read on »