Cat, I can relate to you, and you are not alone. When I was in High School I went through the same thing that you are going through. I couldn't concentrate and I had trouble remembering what I studied. I was always tired too.
I'm now 28 soon to be 29. I refuse to listen to doctors, because all these years no doctor has helped me yet. I do my own research, and I'm helping myself. If I have to do it all by myself I will.
My family said the same things about
me...and I'm sure that they still are. This illness is not loud it's quiet and to other we look normal and we act normal. What make things worst it that they want us to look like hell and act like hell all the time and if we don't then we can't be sick...but that is not how this illness work. Sometimes I get energy and I don't know where it came from.
I'm always on the computer too, but most of the time I'm doing research. My quest to find out what was wrong with me started with my hair. My hair wasn't acting right...and I didn't realize it until I came across my pictures as a little girl. My hair was shiny, and it looked soft as opposed to looking dull and coarse but feeling soft. I stayed on the computer for hours on a hair forums and the web researching hair problems etc. My family thought...and thinks that I'm obsessed with my hair, but I'm not.
Now, I'm realizing what could be wrong and I'm not leaving it alone until I fix it or manage it.
I said that my quest started with my hair, because at that time I was older enough to figure things out without parents. When I was your age my hair was dull, and I had many other symptoms but doctors always treated the symptoms and not the problem. Today, I still have all those symptoms. I've always believed that my condition was hormonal (even when I was younger than you), but doctors always told me that it wasn't...that's why I refuse to listen to them now. My intuition was always good...I just knew that it was hormonal...I just know.
What I meant by "this illness is not loud it's quiet" is that if we where vomiting all the time and turning colors etc, then doctors would take notice and would not dismiss us.
Post Edited (Tru) : 10/6/2006 1:17:37 PM (GMT-6)