My Chronic Illness Collection

Crohn's disease is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). It causes inflammation of your digestive tract, which can lead to abdominal pain, severe diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss and malnutrition. Inflammation caused by Crohn's disease can involve different areas of the digestive tract in different people.  The inflammation caused by Crohn's disease often spreads deep into the layers of affected bowel tissue. Crohn's disease can be both painful and debilitating, and sometimes may lead to life-threatening complications.  There is no cure for Crohn's disease.  (It's really pretty shitty.)

Crohn's Disease

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder that affects the large intestine. Signs and symptoms include cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, and diarrhea or constipation, or both. IBS is a chronic condition that you need to manage long term.  Some people can control their symptoms by managing diet, lifestyle and stress. More-severe symptoms can often be treated with medication.  IBS doesn't cause changes in bowel tissue like Inflammatory Bowel Disease. (This is also really shitty.  But sometimes not shitty at all - not that I would know what that's like.)

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that's triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event. Most people who go through traumatic events may have temporary difficulty adjusting and coping, but with time and good self-care, they usually get better. If the symptoms get worse, last for months or even years, and interfere with your day-to-day functioning, you may have PTSD. (I've been through some shit - literally.)

Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. Also called major depressive disorder or clinical depression, it affects how you feel, think and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems. You may have trouble doing normal day-to-day activities, and sometimes you may feel as if life isn't worth living. More than just a bout of the blues, depression isn't a weakness and you can't simply "snap out" of it. Depression may require long-term treatment. Most people with depression feel better with medication, psychotherapy or both.  (You can feel better, until you don't. Depression is a creeper, always lurking in the background.)

Depression

PTSD

Bile acid malabsorption (BAM) is a condition that occurs when your intestines can’t absorb bile acids properly. This results in extra bile acids in your intestines, which can cause watery diarrhea. Bile is a natural fluid your body makes in the liver. It’s necessary for proper digestion. Bile contains acids, proteins, salts, and other products. The common bile duct moves it from your liver to your gallbladder, where it’s stored until you eat. When you eat, your gallbladder contracts and releases this bile into your stomach.  Once the bile is in your stomach and small intestine, the acids in the bile help break down food and nutrients so your body can absorb them efficiently. In your colon, bile acids are reabsorbed back into your bloodstream so they can be used again. From time to time, the bile acids aren’t reabsorbed properly, leading to BAM. Too much bile acid in your colon can lead to diarrhea and watery stool, which is why BAM is sometimes called bile acid diarrhea. (This is also really shitty, and it really stinks too.  Especially since I don't have a gall bladder or the required areas of small and large intestine.)

Bile Acid Malabsorption

Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. Researchers believe that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain processes pain signals. Symptoms sometimes begin after a physical trauma, surgery, infection or significant psychological stress. In other cases, symptoms gradually accumulate over time with no single triggering event. Women are more likely to develop fibromyalgia than are men. Many people who have fibromyalgia also have tension headaches, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety and depression. There is no cure for fibromyalgia. (It's such a pain...in the ass, the neck, the back, the legs...)

Fibromyalgia

Insomnia is a common sleep disorder that can make it hard to fall asleep, hard to stay asleep, or cause you to wake up too early and not be able to get back to sleep. You may still feel tired when you wake up. Insomnia can sap not only your energy level and mood but also your health, work performance and quality of life. (But it does help you design and create a website - just sayin'.)

Insomnia

It's normal to feel anxious from time to time, especially if your life is stressful. However, excessive, ongoing anxiety and worry that are difficult to control and interfere with day-to-day activities may be a sign of generalized anxiety disorder. It's possible to develop generalized anxiety disorder as a child or an adult. Generalized anxiety disorder has symptoms that are similar to panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and other types of anxiety, but they're all different conditions. Living with generalized anxiety disorder can be a long-term challenge. In many cases, it occurs along with other anxiety or mood disorders. In most cases, generalized anxiety disorder improves with psychotherapy or medications. Making lifestyle changes, learning coping skills and using relaxation techniques also can help.  (I'm overthinking and worrying way too much about what clever thing I can put here about Anxiety because that's what Anxiety does. Bottom line - it's a bitch.)

Anxiety

Sacroiliitis (say-kroe-il-e-I-tis) is an inflammation of one or both of your sacroiliac joints — situated where your lower spine and pelvis connect. Sacroiliitis can cause pain in your buttocks or lower back, and can extend down one or both legs. Prolonged standing or stair climbing can worsen the pain. (Yeah, just OUCH.)

Sacroiliitis

Chronic diarrhea is defined as loose stools that last for at least four weeks. (Or 25 years, as the case may be.) This usually means three or more loose stools per day. (Or 12...) Chronic nausea and vomiting is defined by four weeks or more of symptoms.

(I feel this part may have been unnecessary to explain.)

Chronic Nausea and Diarrhea

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