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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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Advocacy Alert: Last Day to Vote for Chase Giving by Alyson Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Help the CFIDS Association and Whittemore Peterson Institute win money from Chase Bank! Today is the last day to vote for your favorite charities. The contest ends in a few ... Read on »
Have I Been Overdoing It? & I Hate Bug Bites by Alyson Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Have I Been Overdoing It? To answer my own question. Yes. All the amazing energy I've had for the past few weeks seems to be waning a bit. It's my fault, though ... Read on »
Part VI: Psychologist for Vulvodynia by Alyson Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Disclaimer/Warning: This post mentions specific sexual issues that some people may find too graphic, offensive, embarrassing, or personal. If you know me personally, you may ... Read on »
Part V: Nutritionist for Vulvodynia (must read!) by Alyson Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome On my first visit to the pelvic health center they suggested that, in addition to going to treatments at their facility, I see a nutritionist and a psychologist. They expla ... Read on »
Part IV: Physical Therapy for Vulvodynia, Continued by Alyson Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome I probably should have explained why I was so prolific earlier this month. I had a week off from work, which is why I was able to write daily. Now that I'm back at work, I ... Read on »
Part III: Physical Therapy for Vulvodynia - 1st Visit by Alyson Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Disclaimer/Warning: This post contains a frank discussion about specific female organs and sexual issues that some people may find too graphic, offensive, embarrassing, or ... Read on »
No More Cheese or Yogurt! by Alyson Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome I know I promised to talk about my vulvodynia treatment in this post, but something came up that I wanted to write about. As I mentioned earlier this week, I'm working on c ... Read on »
Part II: Vulvodynia Treatment Options by Alyson Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Disclaimer/Warning: This post contains a frank discussion about specific female organs and sexual issues that some people may find too graphic, offensive, embarrassing, or ... Read on »
Part I: The Pains of Vulvodynia by Alyson Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Disclaimer/Warning: This post contains a frank discussion about specific female organs and sexual issues that some people may find too graphic, offensive, embarrassing, or ... Read on »
Gluten-Free Me?! And Casein, Too? by Alyson Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Yet another issue that people with ME/CFS often battle is irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). I certainly have digestive issues. I've been diagnosed with IBS and acid reflux; I ... Read on »
Helping Others by Alyson Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Disasters like the one in Japan remind me that I am fortunate to have a food, water, and shelter. No matter how challenging things get for me, I am still in a position to h ... Read on »
PCOS and Pre-Diabetes by Alyson Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome After more than one blood test result came back with high cortisol levels months after I'd stopped taking steroids (to treat my allergic reaction to an epilepsy medication) ... Read on »
A Recap of 2010 by Alyson Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome So much has happened in 2011 that I wish I'd been blogging this whole time. Better late than never, I suppose! First, a recap. If you read my blog last year, you ... Read on »
New Year, New Focus by Alyson Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Sorry about the long silence! I thought I'd write a quick post so that people knew I was still around in cyberworld. I feel as though 2010 was a loss in terms of heal ... Read on »
Misdiagnosis and Letter to Old Neurologist by Alyson Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome A few people have asked me how I was even diagnosed with epilepsy to begin with. I am still trying to figure out the full answer to this question. However, I think the main ... Read on »
I Don't Have Epilepsy by Alyson Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome The title sums it up. I apologize for the delay in my post. The past few weeks have been quite an emotional roller coaster, and the past year has been one of the most ... 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 »
It Might Not Be Epilepsy?! by Alyson Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome I might not have epilepsy. Everything has happened so fast that I'm still processing the recent events. I saw the epilepsy specialist on Monday. My mom came int ... Read on »
New Neurologist Appt on Monday! by Alyson Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome I am very excited that I was able to get an appointment with my new neurologist for Monday. My new doc is an epilepsy specialist at an epilepsy center. On the recomme ... Read on »
A Fresh Start (for my blog) by Alyson Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome I've been feeling particularly negative about doctors (two, in particular) the past couple of days (if I were a swearing person, I'd have a few choice words right about now ... Read on »