Chronic Shades of Gray

Being Lydia!

GrayScale

Daily Prompt – Gray

Chronic illness can take several forms.

  1. You have a definite diagnosis such as MS, fibromyalgia, cancer, etc.
  2. You have a group of symptoms that the doctors can’t (or won’t) pin down with a diagnosis
  3. You have symptoms that defy diagnosis
  4. Your symptoms are not taken seriously

For the most part, I live in the gray area of points two to four. I have some diagnoses, physical, and mental. However, I also have symptoms that seem to either go unnoticed by doctors or just defy explanation altogether. And I know I am not the only one.

Two terms often associated with chronic illness are disorder and syndrome. They have some interesting definitions.

Disorder (Merriam-Webster Dictionary)

  1.   lack of order clothes in disorder
  2.   breach of the peace or public order troubled times marked by social disorders
  3.   an abnormal physical or mental condition a…

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