“The Lady’s Handbook for Her Mysterious Illness” Gives Voice to Women Suffering Chronic Pain

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Twenty percent of the adult population in the U.S. suffer from chronic pain, and this pain typically will affect women more than it does men.

And yet women suffering from chronic pain are often not taken seriously by their doctor—a real phenomenon that is well documented, and has real consequences.  

I speak from experience—this is what happened to me.  

It is perhaps too much to summarize here, but let me try: I had a garden variety UTI, I underwent a botched urologic procedure, I became septic—and overnight I developed severe chronic fatigue syndrome, severe aching tip to toe, severe gastrointestinal problems and the most severe pelvic pain you can imagine. 

Healthy and normal on a Tuesday; completely through the looking glass by Friday.

And yet, as I began to see doctor after doctor, and they couldn’t come up with a diagnosis or name to explain…

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