Thanks Gretchen, I agree on the sensitivity... the main key is us listening to ourselves first and foremost. It's just too horribly easy (IMO) to be discounted down to feeling like what we go thru is "silly nothings" because others can't see the symptoms. Sure stress doesn't help the disease but it's not the REASON either. I have learned to believe my body first and foremost even against the drs and ultimately they usually come around (except the GP I left long ago who wisecracked "you wish it was your thyroid" when I was gaining a pound a week and falling asleep midafternoon! BTW same GP who thought Paxil & Ativan was the answer, yep, I switched).
As for losing my bro, yeah, it's one of the toughest life experiences I ever had to go thru, but his choices put him in a position to die - drugs and alcohol and lotsa money... very sad mess. I'll see him in eternity thank God.
ddms, my prayers to you for your situation. I know you hear me and how hard it is for us to be heard by our drs when our drs can't imagine our lives and the stress at times. My GP was also my mom's Dr before she died and I was her caregiver 24/7 that year (2003-04) and I was fortunate to have a GP who could see "seasons" of life and know that it would ease up and then help me manage everything else. She's very attuned to me being attuned to my body... drives her nurses nuts when she listens to me and agrees. But it's what I love about her... she hears me. She was the first to suspect and detect the MS, the first to finally say let's get you to the neuro.
I so hope things get better for you soon. When my 2nd hubby left me, a friend gave me an old Bonnie Raitt song line... "if you can stand to leave me, then I can stand to see you go!"... I'd consider that with a boyfriend with an attitude like yours showed. Gross? Puleeze! Sure hoping you find a great guy who'll see the best you thru all this!
Fear knocked ~ Faith Answered ~ No one was there! :)