Yeah, I definitely feel that way sometimes. I told DH the other day (after apologizing for complaining yet again about
joint pain) that the bad thing about
chronic illness is that I want to complain a whole lot more than I do. I mean, if I went on how I felt, I'd be whining all day long...seriously! But I try to reign it in. I feel like others get tired of hearing about
it, so I just don't say anything.
I know I'm not a hypochondriac because I have medical proof for everything I'm coping with. If you want to meet a real hypochondriac, meet my mom and my sister-in-law. My mom farts wrong and she thinks she has cancer; my SIL's symptoms change by the day or hour and she says all this weird stuff that just can't be substantiated by medicine. (She is just out there, period!) I think both of them would benefit greatly from an antidepressant because they're both clearly exhibiting signs of clinical depression as well.
Lupus is a complex disease with many manifestations, but having it doesn't make us hypochondriacs...even though we may feel like it at times.
Wife, writer, artist, homeschooling mom to 2 wonderful boys
Lupus (dx May '04), arthritis, PCOS, being tested for vasculitis and Behcet's
Now taking: plaquenil, limbrel, metformin XR, ibuprofen and the occasional percoset for pain